Children may have a delay or disorder in one or more of the following areas:
Attention/interaction skills: May have difficulty ignoring distractions. Need reminders to keep attention. May need regular prompts to stay on task. May need individualised motivation in order to complete tasks. Difficulty attending in whole class. Interaction will not always be appropriate. May have peer relationship difficulties. May not be able to initiate or maintain a conversation.
Understanding Receptive Language: May need visual support to understand or process spoken language. May need augmented communication systems. Frequent misunderstandings. Repetition of language and some basic language needs to be used to aid their understanding
Speech/Expressive Language: May use simplified language and limited vocabulary. Ideas/conversations may be difficult to follow, with the need to request frequent clarification. Some immaturities in the speech sound system. Grammar/phonological awareness still fairly poor and therefore their literacy could be affected.
How we adapt teaching to ensure access to the curriculum:
Staff model correct use of language by subtle repetition
Pupils are given more opportunities to share their ideas with others – ‘show and tell’, initially small groups moving onto larger groups and then the whole class.
Pre-taught new vocabulary
Targeted use of drama
How we provide support and intervention for those with identified needs:
Follow specific recommendations from specialist agencies. This may be one to one or small groups.
Use of buddy system
Refer pupils to the speech and language service for support and advice.
Provide trained teaching assistants to run speech and language programmes in school. This may be on a one to one basis or in small groups.
Private speech and language practitioners have worked in school when parents have arranged it.
Regular feedback to parents/carers giving suggestions of how they can help their children at home.