Infant Language Link
Our award winning Infant Language Link is an innovative online package used to identify and support children with mild to moderate SLCN and those new to English. The assessment will also identify any children who may have more severe language needs, such as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), so that these children can be considered for further investigations and diagnostic assessment with your local Speech and Language Therapy team. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years, 500 colourful resources, 12 planned termly language groups, 24 individual teaching plans and 52 handouts for parents make this the most comprehensive SLCN package available for schools.
Watch our video to find out why over 3,500 schools use our packages.
Our online, adult led standardised assessment is fun, quick and easy to administer. It looks at key areas of understanding of language for the classroom. To find out about the development of our assessment download our technical report.
It is used universally in year R and then to track identified children. Instant results identify where support is needed and recommend appropriate class and small group interventions. If a child needs specialist support this is clearly highlighted to help you make the most of your external agency support.
Infant Language Link provides planned and resourced interventions for a graduated approach. Recommended high quality teaching strategies and classroom resources allow the teacher to support SLCN universally. Our planned and fully resourced language groups allow support staff to provide targeted interventions and for children who need a little bit extra our supplementary teaching plans offer intensive focussed individual support.
In Package Training
A popular feature of Infant Language Link is our video walk through. This takes staff though the package step by step ensuring you get the most out of these powerful tools. Our regular webinar training sessions feature our Speech and Language Therapy team and cover different aspects of use of the package allowing staff to ask the experts questions.
We are currently working on our Certified Language Link practitioner training. This extended course will cover background information on supporting SLCN as well as comprehensive training in all aspects of the Language Link packages. Watch this space, as we will be advertising this as soon as it is available.
Infant Language Link enables you to track impact with a powerful set of progress measures. Our Teacher Engagement Ratings help teachers set targets for improvement across key classroom skills including, communication, participation, self regulation, active involvement and social confidence. Our Parent and Pupil Views allow you to form a holistic view of the child to track changes across skills that matter to parents as well as the children themselves.
Our flexible dynamic reports provide the information you need at the touch of a button. Reports and provision maps show in-school improvement for each child, class, year group and even the whole school.
Using Language Link with EAL children
Infant Language Link can be easily adapted for use with children with EAL. The standardised assessment will show how well your students are understanding English in comparison to English speaking children of the same age. For children who are just beginning to learn English the assessment will identify areas for development. Our reports and provision maps clearly show where a child is identified as a learner with EAL, allowing progress with learning English to be tracked across terms and years.
We always recommend that students with EAL work alongside English speaking children who can provide good models of language to aid language acquisition. Our language groups and supplementary teaching plans can be used with groups or individual children with EAL to encourage the development of spoken and social use of English.
What our customers say
What our customers say
Our school has a high level of need with more than 60 children identified with SLCN out of 480. We were asked by the council and a local speech and language therapist to attend a talk (given by Speech Link) hosted by another school in the area. Both the SENCo and I attended. We discussed it with the Head Teacher and decided to purchase Infant Language Link. 6 Months later we purchased Speech Link, then 2-3 years later Junior.
It was initially difficult, now no problem at all. There was some initial scepticism, such as concerns about taking children out of class, and that this was yet ‘another intervention’. However, now all staff are on board.
It teaches the one thing that teachers don’t teach- how to listen- and that has a knock-on effect to everything else. It gives me the flexibility to be creative. I’m working on The Park programme, and we have little park right by the school, so as part of our work, as a treat, I took them down to it- they loved it.
It has made a huge change to the children’s behaviour. It’s made a big difference- you see them and they’re like a completely changed child particularly a big increase in confidence. They now speak in full sentences. The improved understanding lets them know they can put their hand up in class. They know it’s ok to make mistakes, that’s how you learn. They leave in Year 6 a totally different child. Parents often come up and thank me, or they tell the teacher what a difference it has made.