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Supporting Children with Speech and Language Difficulties

2nd Edition

By Hull City Council


90 pages

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Completely revised and updated in light of the new SEND 2014 Code of Practice, this new edition describes the different types of difficulties experienced by pupils with speech, language and communication needs. It will help teachers and other professionals to feel more confident by providing expert guidance and practical strategies, and as a professional development tool, will also encourage outstanding practice by suggesting ideas and materials for in-house training sessions. The wide-ranging and accessible chapters explore topics including:

  • Listening skills
  • Phonological awareness
  • Comprehension of language
  • Activities for circle time
  • Working with parents

Featuring useful checklists, templates and photocopiable resources, this practical resource contains a wealth of valuable advice and tried-and-tested strategies for identifying children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, ensuring they have the support they need to make exceptional progress.


"I would readily recommend this resource to colleagues and teaching staff requiring useful, realistic approaches. It is an excellent book that will undoubtedly promote positive teaching strategies to enhance the learning experiences of pupils with suspected or previously diagnosed communication and interaction difficulties." – Becky Hawkins, Nasen Special

"This book provides a brief, concise and expert overview of the range of difficulties that are experienced by children with speech, language and communication disorders, along with the key strategies that can be used to help overcome them. It is very clearly laid out, extremely easy to navigate and guidance in any specific areas can be accessed within seconds, and read within minutes. The writing style is direct and to the point, with essential information presented in bullet points throughout […] The authors have created a useful handbook and invaluable resource for busy teachers or SNAs in either mainstream or special education settings." - Róisín De Faoite, REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction 1. Attention, listening and memory skills 2. Listening skills 3. Phonological awareness 4. Comprehension of language 5. Expressive language (spoken) 6. Social communication difficulties in children 7. The development of speech 8. Working with Parents Glossary Resources Appendix: Good listening rules

About the Author

Cathy Allenby – Teacher in the Language Unit of the Adult, Children and Family Services, Hull City Council, UK

Judith Fearon-Wilson – Teacher in the Language Unit of the Adult, Children and Family Services, Hull City Council, UK

Sally Merrison – Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, UK

Elizabeth Morling – Series Editor, SEN Consultant and former Head of the Education Service for Physical Disability, Hull City Council, UK

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Special Education / Communicative Disorders