Looking to see that the help being given makes a difference.
The research report (BCRP) found:
• Children with appropriate language skills achieve better in school
• Children who have speech, language & communication needs don't do as well at school
• Children with Special Educational Needs are more likely to be bullied
• Teachers should involve each child when they set their education targets at school
• Education targets should support the child`s overall development, including emotional development and well being
• Targets should reflect what the child needs, not what people think they need based on their diagnosis
• The outcomes parents most want are for children to be more independent and to be included.
• A profile of strengths and weaknesses helps to form an action plan.
Why are these findings important to you and your child?
The report tells us a lot of important things about what will help and support children with speech, language and communication needs and things that can be a problem. Teachers and other people who work with your child need to know that what they are doing is helping your child. If something isn't helping it needs to be changed.
What happens in the classroom is important, but it's also important that everybody at school works in the best way that will help your child.
It is important that teachers and other staff find out from you and your child how you both feel about your child's communication skills and how they are affected by them. It really helps if the teacher understands your child views and interests to then together plan targets which will motivate your child.
You need to be informed about your child's targets and be involved in setting them jointly with staff so that your concerns are reflected.
It is important to make sure that your child's setting is thinking about all their needs. Children and young people with speech, language, and communication needs need help to develop friendships and to cope with any emotional difficulties.
• Talk to staff about how they will set targets for your child
• Make sure that the school has a good way of working eg to stop bullying or to always make sure that they listen to the children and ask them what they want. Schools do this in different ways - some have specially trained staff. Some schools have "Healthy Schools Status" or a similar award. Ask what happens in your child's school.
• Use a home – school book so you can keep in touch with teachers.
• Make sure you have the chance to tell teachers and other people what you wish for your child
• Ask how the setting will involve your child in setting targets
• Ask what the setting can do to make sure your child is fully included
• Find out about the new SEND reforms here and how these are involving parents
If you want more information these websites might help...
The Communication Trust is an organisation that produces lots of useful resources for parents and professionals such as:
Communication Supporting Classroom Observation Tool
Speech, Language and Communication Progression Tool
Level 3 Award (4337)
The Communication Commitment
Other Ways of Speaking
Don't get me wrong
Talking Point this website gives you lots of useful information to help your child's speech, language and communication needs, such as:
AFASIC supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, you might want to read the article about the better communication research programme in AFASIC AbstrAct Autumn 2012: http://www.afasic.org.uk
BCRP this website gives you information about the better communication research project here, and you can follow the link to download all of the individual reports: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/better/
Council for Disabled Children this organisation is made up of different groups who support children with disability, they have information about SEN and disability reform: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk
I CAN this charity specialises in helping children develop speech, language and communication skills, they produce lots of videos and things that can help such as:
Working with Parents Toolkit
Talk Boost Training
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