On this page, we’ve put together advice and resources to support the speech, language and communication development of all children in your setting. You will also find the information and tools identify children with speech, language and communication needs to enable you to make quality referrals in order to access timely support for those in your settle who need a little extra help.
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Children learn to talk through their everyday interactions with you and all the other people in their lives. Knowing the early milestones can help you to keep an eye on children’s progress and make sure they’re on track. Tools for this include:
For speech and language services, a referral is accepted or rejected based on the information provided by the referrer. Using a systematic approach can help you to decide if a referral is appropriate at that time and to provide the service with comprehensive information needed to help their decision making. We love these documents produced by The Communication Trust (the content of which Nicola contributed to during her time at the charity) which support your decision making and information gathering:
As a Practitioner
As a Leader