Children’s Mental Health Week February 5-11

Here is our latest powerpoint from our 5 minutes for inclusion series

‘What is the impact of Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) on children’s mental health and well-being?’

This presentation looks at both the risk factors, the protective factors and the wider impact on mental health and well-being for young people with SLCN.

How to make a Coreboard

Core boards are tools used in augmented and alternative communication (AAC) with students who have difficulty with verbal speech. They feature a grid of symbols, words and phrases which represent concepts. Evidence (and experience) shows them to be invaluable in supporting communication for our SEN learners.

Eloise Bromwich, from the Tower Hamlets Speech and Language Therapy team, has developed a Core board for use across Tower Hamlets schools. Eloise demonstrates how to turn the resources into a functional low-tech AAC device. High Tech communication aids, such as Proloqu and TD Snap, use the same principle. Putting a low-tech device into practice before implementing higher-tech AAC is usually a good way of introducing the concepts.

Eloise demonstrates how to make the core boards below.

Thanks Eloise!

5min PPT: #NAPLICResources (9)

Here is our latest PowerPoint from our 5 minutes for Inclusion Series

We wanted to showcase some of the great information, resources and advice available from the NAPLIC website to support communication in your classroom. NAPLIC is a national organisation of professionals which supports language and communication development. We hope you find it useful.

Download the PowerPoint below.

5min PPT: #DLD day (2)

This year’s DLD awareness day is 14th October 2022. We have made a short PowerPoint for our ‘5 minutes for inclusion‘ series to mark it .

Click above to view our PowerPoint. The second slide is a link to great 2 minute video

This a lovely video made by students and staff at Globe Language Resource Base in 2020. Still well worth a watch!

To raise awareness in YOUR setting check out the resources and information at the links below:

We are running parent support groups for parents whose child has a recent diagnosis of DLD with Barts NHS Speech Therapists.

If you would like more information or training in DLD or any other area of SLCN or literacy difficulties please email

Make sure that you’ve checked out the first PowerPoint in out 5-minutes-for-inclusion series.



@icantalk’s latest report paints a worrying picture
for children’s speaking and understanding –
@educationgovuk needs to act.

Read the full findings
and recommendations now at
We’re adding our voice to @icantalk’s call to action
and speaking up for the Covid generation. Will you?
Join the conversation and #SpeakUpForCovidGen


November 24th is No Pens Wednesday

What is No Pens Wednesday?*

It is a national day dedicated to speaking and understanding language which takes place in schools and settings annually. Click on the picture above, or link below to sign up and get lots of ideas to try in your class. There are ideas for Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

Why take part?

Speaking and understanding language are often overlooked in the UK education system in comparison to written language skills. However, as with literacy and numeracy, schools can play a crucial role in developing children’s skills in this important area.

No Pens Day Wednesday puts speaking and understanding language in the spotlight. Through a day of fun and engaging activities, schools and
settings can:

Raise awareness of the importance of speaking and understanding skills with staff, children and families.

Improve children and young people’s speaking and understanding skills and increase their engagement in lessons.

Support their curriculum’s focus on speaking and understanding language, and develop staff skills and confidence in teaching speaking and understanding skills.

Identify children who may have speech, language and communication needs and provide additional support.

Why is it so important?

Language levels at age two predict reading, writing and maths ability when children start school.

As many as 50% of children in some areas of social disadvantage start school with delayed language. Without early support, these children may struggle to catch up with their peers.

In Primary School:

Children who have difficulties speaking and understanding language are at a higher risk of behavioural, social and emotional difficulties in childhood and through adolescence.

More than 90% of children who have persistent language difficulties at age 5 have literacy difficulties at age 15.

In Secondary School: 

Good communication skills are rated as the most important employability skills needed for young people entering their first job – from a survey of schools, employers and politicians.

Up to 88% of long-term unemployed young men may have speech, language and communication needs.

*taken from the ICAN guide to the day

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#ThinkLanguage #ThinkDLD

15th October is Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day


Find out more at RADLD – click the link below and share with your colleagues


Download the DLD Strategy Tree to print out in your setting. Click the picture above

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DLD 1 Difficulties Talking and/or Understanding

Developmental Language Disorder is a diagnosis given when a child or adult has difficulties talking and/or understanding language

  • Involves difficulties with spoken language
  • Affects children and persists into adulthood
  • creates obstacles to communication at school, work and in everyday life
  • has no known cause although it may run in families

DLD 2 Hidden But Common

DLD is hidden and affects approximately 2 children in every classroom impacting on literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being

  • Can be missed, misdiagnosed or misinterpreted as poor behavior, poor listening or inattention
  • Was found in 7.5% of 4-5 year olds in a recent study
  • Affects a child’s ability to learn at school because learning is mainly through language
  • Affects reading or writing and is often linked with dyslexia
  • Can be socially isolating; joining in with conversations and activities with peers can be harder, there is an increased vulnerability to bullying
  • Increases the risk of lower academic achievement
  • Can be associated with behavioral and/or mental health problems, unemployment and economic disadvantage

DLD 3 Support Can Make A Real Difference

Support from professionals, including speech and language therapists and teachers, can make a real difference

  • It is important that DLD is identified so individuals can be adequately supported
  • Speech and language therapists and specialist teachers  can help those with DLD to develop skills and strategies, and to understand their difficulties and their strengths
  • DLD can be a long term difficulty thus adults with DLD may also need support and adjustments in the work place
  • Individuals with DLD are sociable and with appropriate support can have satisfying lives, with friendships, families, contributing to their community