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Early Warning Signs

 I am concerned about a child's speech, language and/or communication development. Waht can I do?

Initial concerns and early warning signs

You can:


The links in the paragraph above will take you to guidance and checklists which will help you to highlight children who are of concern and to begin to build up a picture of a child's SLCN. Health visitors, GPs and Community Paediatricians may also find it useful to refer to the Guidelines for Referral to Speech and Language Therapy (PDF).

Case studies

For examples and descriptions of children at different ages and with different types of SLCN, refer to the case studies in the IDP (Module 3, The Appearance of SLCN) as well as Section 2 of 'Don't get me Wrong'  published by the Communication Trust (External Website).

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External websites

  • Communication Trust
    The Communication Trust is a campaigning voice for children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • Speech and Language Therapy
    Information form Worcestershire Health Care NHS
  • Speech Link
    Speech Link and Language Link encourage high quality support for children with speech and language problems.

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