SEND – Communication & Interaction

Children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others.

This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication.

The profile for every child with SLCN is different and their needs may change over time.

Children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication, social interaction and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.

Speech and Language Profile of Need

  • Needs profile 0
    • Mild language delay.
    • Language & communication skills within expected range or mild delay.
  • Needs profile 1
    • Moderate / severe delay in expressive or receptive language or Mild language disorder or mild/moderate speech sound disorder/delay of any severity (without attention/listening difficulties).
    • Moderate delay in expressive and / or receptive language and or mild disorder in speech sound production.
  • Needs profile 2
    • Pupil has severe language delay or moderate language disorder Or a severe speech sound disorder (with attention/listening difficulties).
    • Severe delay in expressive and / or receptive language and / or moderate language / speech sound disorder.
  • Needs profile 3
    • Severe language disorder or diagnosed dyspraxia.
  • Needs profile 4
    • Severely limited language skills, uses alternative communication systems to make needs/choices known.

Social Development Profile of Need

  • Needs profile 0
    • No significant needs in this area.
  • Needs profile 1
    • Some difficulties with forming relationships and social interaction skills, play and imagination skills and behaviours e.g. shows some inappropriate responses in social situations and/or some difficulties in playing with peers.
  • Needs profile 2
    • Difficulties with forming relationships and social interaction skills, play and imagination skills and behaviours.
    • Difficulty coping with changes in routine/environment.
    • Fairly often disrespectful to staff and or pupils.
    • Fairly often will interrupt and seek attention inappropriately.
    • Known to have bullied others in last 6 months.
  • Needs profile 3
    • Significant difficulties with forming relationships and social interaction skills, play and imagination skills and behaviours.
    • Extreme difficulty coping with changes in routine/environment.
    • Often disrespectful to staff and or pupils.
    • Often interrupts and seeks attention inappropriately.
    • Fairly often disrespectful of property.
    • Feared as a bully, having physically hurt others.
  • Needs profile 4
    • Severe difficulties with forming relationships and social interaction skills, play and imagination skills and behaviours.
    • Child shows little or no communicative intent.
    • Shows only minimal respect for adults and peers.
    • Very difficult to direct.
    • Often intimidates and readily resorts to physical aggression.

Interventions

  • Speech and Language Intervention Group.
  • ‘Talkabout’ – a social communications programme delivered in small teaching group for 50 minutes each week. Reviewed every 6 weeks.