Identifying and Supporting Children with SLCN

Identifying and Supporting Children with SLCN

Course Overview

Our Identifying and Supporting Children with SLCN training course forms a great foundation for understanding SLCN and supporting staff to create an inclusive learning environment. The course aims to increase understanding of how speech, language and communication skills develop and how to identify and support children with SLCN. The course provides an in-depth overview of how Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) can develop and present in children, the impacts on children’s learning in the school environment and what you can do to support students with SLCN in your setting. Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are the most common primary area of need for pupils with SEND at 23%. In some areas of deprivation, at least 50% of children and young people have SLCN and 81% of children with emotional and behavioural disorders have unidentified language difficulties.

Why is it important to take this course?

Speech, language and communication are the most common primary needs for children with SEND. Only 3% of the school population is ever identified as having SLCN despite a national prevalence figure of 7%, indicating that children are being missed.

Due to the nature of the changes of the SLCN difficulties over time, SLCN can often be difficult to identify even with committed staff. This can often lead to children being misdiagnosed or under identified. Children with SLCN often have academic, emotional and behavioral difficulties that pose a challenge to the professionals working with them.

Early identification of SLCN is crucial in order to support children’s SLCN effectively so that it has a positive impact on their academic abilities. Early identification can only be achieved if staff are aware of what SLCN difficulties present like. This is why it is so important that educational and childcare professionals seek specialist training such as this in order to build on their knowledge. Having this knowledge will enable them to identify and make appropriate referrals in order to gain specialist support and advice for children.


What will you learn on the course?
  • Increase understanding of how speech, language and communication skills develop
  • What communication is
  • Factors which affect communication development
  • The different areas of communication development and what difficulties in these areas look like
  • Various activities and top tips to support difficulties in each area of communication
  • Classroom strategies to create a communication friendly environment
What are the benefits of attending this course?
  • This course will provide an overview of all the areas of SLCN and top tips on supporting children with difficulties
  • We will provide a wide range of activities for you to try both one to one and in small groups
    Learn how to identify students with SLCN, including bilingual children, and individuals who learnt English as an additional language
  • Learn how to implement universal strategies that can support all children and develop their language and communication skills
  • ChatterBug Certificate of Achievement (Used as CPD Training)
  • This course allows you to upskill colleagues in your setting
  • Opportunities for further questions and access to further support


Our Identifying and Supporting Children with SLCN, is perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field and looking for support and more information.


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  • 50% of children in areas of social disadvantage start school with language delay, that is with language that isn’t adequate for the next stage of learning, for thinking, reasoning and communicating effectively with adults and peers.
  • 7% of all children have a speech and language impairment; it’s the most prevalent childhood disability, but a condition that is much misunderstood.Locke, E., Ginsborg, J., and Peers, I. (2002) Development and Disadvantage: implications for early years. International Journal of language & Communication Disorders. 27 (1). P.3 -15
  • Around 40% of children with SLCN were not being identified; most difficult to spot were older students, students who had difficulties with vocabulary (45% not identified), those who struggled with formulating sentences (52% not identified) and children with difficulties understanding (29% primary , 48% KS3 not identified).The Communication Trust (2014) – Talk of the Town Evaluation Report

Our training courses are perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s. The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field wanting to learn about how they can support pupils in the classroom or their setting. 

At Chatterbug, we are always seeking new and effective ways to support professionals education and child care professionals who work within schools and with children with speech and language communication needs. All of our training courses are written and delivered by our expert Speech and Language Therapists and quality and evidence based intervention strategies are guaranteed. 

These programmes are designed to help raise awareness, teach valuable skills and share knowledge, and ultimately provide your staff with the confidence to support individuals with speech and language communication in your setting. The aims of these courses are also to spark your creativity when planning your lessons, in order to create an inclusive environment allowing pupils to reach their full learning potential as well as making the classroom and learning environment more inclusive for pupils with SLCN.

Our training and therapy programmes are designed to effectively target the following areas:


Focus on establishing supportive communication environments at home and in school, thus providing consistency. 


Create bespoke therapy sessions for individuals or groups, either as a single occurrence or ongoing input. We can also train parents and staff to deliver these programmes. 


We actively promote quality-first teaching, and can conduct a full or part audit of your staff and school environment to help tailor our programmes to your needs. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our training courses will be taking place online via Google Meet. All relevant support information for accessing the course will be sent out to attendees prior to the course.

We accept all major debit/credit cards via Stripe and Paypal. We have an invoice option for education-based settings, schools and organisations.  Please select the Pay by Invoice option via checkout and a member of staff will contact you and send the appropriate department the invoice to pay.

Once completed, and we receive your order we will process the payment and send you an invoice request, once the payment has been paid we will send you confirmation and details to access the course directly. Please note if you are booking on behalf of someone else or a colleague please ensure you include their email address and contact .

Yes of course, please add all the course attendee(s) full name and email address at the time of booking.

We will be in touch with a booking confirmation as soon as we process your email.

This will include full of your course booking and also a full invoice.

It should hopefully give you all the information that you need but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re here to help.

Yes, we provide a certified ChatterBug Certificate once you have completed the course and provided feedback. 

If you have any special needs or requirements please let us know when you book your course so that we can confirm that we’ll be able to accommodate your needs before you book the course. Please also let the trainer know at the start of your training day.

Once you have completed the training survey, and the training course we will provide you access to the training recording, as well as any resources (if applicable). The recording will only be available for 2 weeks from the date this is sent. 

Yes, we offer post training support for our in-house training sessions. Please contact with any questions you have.

We can deliver a bespoke training programme to your staff. We deliver our training courses face to face in your setting and are commissioned directly by schools, nurseries, and academies. We work alongside trusts and clusters of schools to deliver the training programmes that you require. If our scheduled courses do not fully meet your requirements, we are happy to develop bespoke courses to meet the needs of your workforce and setting of a time and date that work for you.

What are the next steps?

If you would like a bespoke training programme or would like to to discuss how bespoke training could work for your setting please contact our office on 0113 240 8510 or email us at

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Dates & Prices

17/11/2021 3:30 pm

Virtual Workshop via Google Meet

1.5 hrs


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