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. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives. Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.
The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF) is a free online professional development tool, accessible to all, which sets out the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children and young people should have in order to support children and young people’s speech, language and communication (SLC). This includes those people who work with children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).