Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the term given to describe the extensive range of needs related to all aspects of communication – from understanding others to forming sounds, words and sentences to expressing ideas and emotions and using language socially.
It is estimated that 10% of all children have long term or persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) - the most prevalent special educational need identified by primary schools. In Worcestershire this figure is equivalent to 12,000 children and young people aged 0-19 years, with over 6,000 children and young people known to the Speech and Language Therapy Service. Some schools in deprived areas of Worcestershire have identified 50% of all 5 year olds entering school with delayed receptive language skills.
© Worcestershire's SLCN Pathway has been developed by practitioners working within Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust 2011 & 2015