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Speech, language and communication difficulties service

Support listing for communication difficulties

What does the 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 Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) service offer schools?

  • Training on SLCN with focus agreed by school or early years setting for delivery to staff and governors
  • Training on SLCN awareness for new staff or to support transition process
  • Meet SENCo or Foundation Stage leader for a “surgery” where children are discussed and advice given during the session
  • In school training on the explicit teaching of speaking and listening skills for all pupils and accurate assessment of pupils attainment
  • Support school in establishing language groups, identifying needs, supporting planning, demonstrating delivery, evaluating process and transferring skills to main class setting
  • Continued support as critical friend once established
  • Observe and assess referred pupils, with written report sent to school, parents and professionals
  • Online Inset for Speech Language and Communication Difficulties. Details below   

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  

NB 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 Matthew Sims on 01582 548151 or email: [email protected].
Contact info
Special Educational Needs Service (SENS)
Futures House, The Moakes, Marsh Farm, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3 3QB
Tel: 01582 548151
Fax: 01582 548220
[email protected]


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