Decoding SLCN: Identification Strategies for SENCOs

by | Sep 30, 2023

Decoding SLCN: Identification Strategies for SENCOs

by | Sep 30, 2023

Insights from the SLCN Identification Q&A

Clarifying SLCN Identification

The session began with Angharad Welch providing an overview of SLCN identification, outlining the importance of early detection and the impact it has on a child’s learning journey.

SLCN vs EAL: Understanding the Distinction

A significant focus was placed on differentiating between Speech, Language, and Communication Needs (SLCN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Angharad and Abigail discussed strategies to assess whether a child’s learning difficulty stems from SLCN or is related to acquiring a new language, emphasizing the necessity of this distinction for appropriate intervention.

Essential Reading for SENCOs

The conversation highlighted several key books and resources designed to support SENCOs in their role. Angharad recommended literature that not only aids in SLCN identification but also enriches the SENCO’s understanding and approach to support.

Comparing Speech and Language Tools

An in-depth comparison between Speech and Language Link and Wellcomm was provided, with Angharad sharing insights into how each tool serves different needs within SLCN support and assessment. This segment helped attendees make informed decisions about which resources might best suit their settings.

Exploring Other SLCN Assessment Tools

The Q&A session explored additional tools and resources available for assessing SLCN, broadening the scope of support SENCOs can offer within their schools. Links to valuable online resources were shared, providing participants with direct access to further support.

About Angharad Welch

Angharad Welch’s expertise as an Independent Speech and Language Therapist shone through the session. Her business, Find the Key Speech and Language Therapy, reflects her dedication to enhancing the skills and knowledge of educational staff, emphasizing her commitment to supporting children with SLCN.

The webinar concluded with participants expressing gratitude for the valuable insights and practical advice shared. Angharad’s expertise and the engaging discussion provided a solid foundation for SENCOs looking to enhance their strategies for SLCN identification and support.

This session served as a crucial resource for educators, shedding light on the nuances of SLCN identification and offering practical tools and strategies to improve support for students with communication needs.