Helping children communicate

Speech, language and communication needs are the single most prevalent need among children with SEN, whatever their diagnosis—and the impact, should this need remain unaddressed, can last a lifetime. Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of children’s communication charity I CAN, examines the stakes.
Preschool girl listening to teacher in classroom

The ability to communicate, to use language to learn, make friends and manage behaviour, is essential in every child’s life. It is the most fundamental life skill. Since almost every child with special educational needs (SEN) has some sort of communication difficulty, we need to provide much more support and assistance in this area, and we need to raise the prominence of meeting children’s communication needs among policymakers.

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