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Speech Link and Language Link are designed to provide practical products and guidance to everyone who supports a child's learning, both at school and at home.

Read on as we look to answer and address a Parent's needs and questions, including:

How does a school Use Speech Link and Language Link with my child and what does it achieve?

What does it mean if my child is flagged up by one of your assessments?

What resources do you have to help me support my child at home?

Can't find the answer you are looking for? Check out our FAQs or get in touch and we will help you find the answer you need.

A parent asks...

How does the school use Speech Link and Language Link with my child?

The school will use our fun, interactive assessment with children to highlight specific areas of need in a child's speech and language and make recommendations to help them in these areas.

Based on these recommendations, the school will be able to give a child the targeted input that they need to maximise their potential, the resources for which are all supplied in our package. Our packages have progress measures built in, so you and the rest of your child's workforce can measure the effectiveness of all your input. 

For more information, view the process flowchart and our detailed step-by-step guide for schools.

What does a Speech and Language Assessment screen for?

The language assessment is used as a whole year screen. Many children who struggle with language can slip under the radar, so our package ensures that no child is left behind! The assessment measures what specific areas of language a child understands; for instance, a child may be really good at understanding verbs, but not as confident in understanding instructions. The assessment allows teaching staff to target areas of need.

The speech assessment is only used on children who are already identified as needing input, so it is not a screening tool. What it does do, however, is highlight the exact sounds that a child is struggling to produce and determine whether this is a cause for concern at their particular age.

What does it mean if my child is identified as needing extra speech and language support?

If your child is identified as needing extra support, it means that they may be having difficulty with one or more areas of speech and language and their teacher feels they would benefit from an extra boost. Our packages provide schools with the tools to target these specific areas of need, however in some cases we may recommend descussion with specialist support.

Remember, when it comes to your child, you are the expert. If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language, you should discuss these with your school’s SENCo or your local GP.

Will we need a Speech and Language Therapist?

Our assessment is designed to target help where it is needed with recommended intervention groups, but we may also recommend discussion with your local Speech and Language Therapy service. If this is the case, the school will get in touch with you to discuss moving forward. Your child will still benefit from their targeted interventions at school, but may benefit from some additional support too. Their assessment will be really helpful in providing evidence to get them the support they need.

If your child already has a Speech and Language Therapist when they start school, then they may already have established interventions. The SaLT may advise that your child is also included in our interventions, but they will make a clinical decision based on your child's needs.

What can I do to support my child at home?

The great news is that your child's school is using our package and is therefore being proactive in tackling the speech and language needs of their children. The second bit of good news is that supporting the school's work at home can be really simple, and really fun! 

Our package comes complete with advice and homework sheets for the school to share with a child's home support network. This is a great opportunity to get involved and chat to your child about their work. Also be aware that our holistic view of a child's progress means that we now use parent and pupil views, so your school may ask for your input about how your child finds school and other activities.

We also have lots of games and resources in our shop that make for really fun learning at home.

Did you know...

Unlike speech difficulties, language difficulties are sometimes not as obvious. When we communicate with each other, language is only one part of the process; we also use eye-contact, gesture and intonation. Children can be very good at using other sorts of information to compensate for any difficulties they might be having. 

The example we love to use is this: imagine an alien tells you to pick up your pen in martian. Chances are you would look back at them blankly! If they did the same thing again but gestured to your pen, you would probably know to pick it up. Similarly, children with language needs can be capable of understanding through means other than language.

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Just for you, Parent!

Here's a free Phonics Game which you can download and print to play at home- enjoy and let us know what you think!

Top Tip: We all love reading stories together, especially when they are accompanied by lovely pictures! However, while it is often tempting to ask children questions about the pictures, it is more beneficial for your children to hear you using descriptive vocabulary. So why not try getting adventurous with words and describing what you see?

I want more support

Watch this space for our new online communities of parents and professionals, coming in September to help you get the support and information you need.

Useful Links and Points of Contact:

Afasic Communication Trust RCSLT Nasen 

Coming soon: our brand new 'Finding Local SaLT Support' map

I want to know more about speech and language

Read our Blog, and check out our specific Parent posts.

Read The Link magazine online – the school magazine created by speech and language specialists.

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