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Communication is crucial to playing and learning. Here are some resources to support children with additional communication needs.
Communication passports (Word download)
Communication passports offer a simple practical guide about the non-verbal child, so people can quickly understand their needs.
The importance of play and early communication skills for all children.
Inclusion of children with feeding difficulties.
Read communication tips from our online community.
Inclusion of children and young adults with speech and language impairments.
Breaking Through with You
Specialist counselling service for disabled people, particularly those with speech and communication difficulties.
Aids to Communication in Education
Help and support for children who have complex physical and communication difficulties.
Bridging the communication gap for disabled people.
Each child is an individual but here are some possible scenarios:
This child will have a programme from a speech and language therapist which will include use of a communication device. This may be low- or hi-tech and all adults working with the child should be aware of how it is used, making sure it is always working and has batteries.
Use total communication where the child’s facial expressions, gestures and eye movements are all taken as forms of communication.
This child can be understood but not easily, especially by strangers, and they can get very frustrated. They will be working on certain sounds with a speech and language therapist.
This child needs a programme of speech and language therapy to develop awareness of how speech is used to communicate and how it is structured.
Usually elective mutes understand what is being said but choose not to respond, possibly for emotional reasons.
Remember that with communication difficulties there are so many possible causes, some linked to other impairments, that each child needs to be looked at as individual.
Communication falls into the same category as food, drink and shelter – it is essential for life.
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