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Luton Borough Council

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) service

What does the SLCN service offer children, young people and their families?

  • Observation/ assessment of referred child in their setting
  • Discussion with setting and staff regarding practical strategies to help referred child access their learning
  • Support in setting targets for referred child’s individual education plan
  • Support when planning for referred child’s move to school or to their next school
  • Training for staff in referred child’s setting if requested
  • Liaison with the speech and language therapy service and health services
  • Advice on developing referred child’s early language skills at home

What does the service offer schools?

  • Observation, assessment, planning, strategies and staff consultation to identify any barriers to learning
  • Advice and support strategies given in a written report to be shared with parents and other professional where needed
  • Sign posting and liaison with other agencies such as speech and language therapy.

Training courses

Courses currently available include:
  • selective mutism
  • communication friendly setting training
  • bi-lingualism in early childhood
  • early language development programme
  • children as story tellers
  • bespoke training packages including development and support for receptive and expressive language developments

Accredited training

Courses currently available include:

  • Elklan speech and language support for 11 to 16’s 
  • Elklan speech and language support for 5 to 11’s lklan speech and language support for 5 to 11’s

Support for families

This is a targeted support for families whose child or young person have been diagnosed with selective mutism or identified by setting/ school as a reluctant speaker.

This is run by the team and aims to link families in similar circumstances, provide a listening ear and user friendly advice and information.

How to refer

  • We accept referrals from a range of professionals
  • Parents must be consulted and agree to the referral
  • A referral form can be requested by contacting the team on the details below
  • A referral from SLM must be accompanied by a referral form

Please note: if reports have written by other professionals, please include copies with referral form.

Who are we?

Our team consists of a Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties Advisory Teacher (part-time) and a Speech Language and Communication Difficulties Adviser.

Staff are well qualified and highly experienced in supporting children with speech, language and communication needs.

This SLCN service is available as a Traded Service for academies and free schools in Luton, as well as to schools beyond Luton and private schools.

For details of costs, please contact Tracey Spence: [email protected].

Contact info
Special Educational Needs Service (SENS)
1st Floor Town Hall Extension, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 548151
Fax: 01582 548220
[email protected]


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