Language and Behaviour

Research indicates a link between early Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Children with SLCN are more likely to misbehave when given tasks which are difficult for them.

The link is weakest amongst children with ‘speech’ problems, increases amongst those with problems producing language, and is greatest with ‘complex’ language problems (difficulties with both understanding and expressing themselves)

Children with SLCN become isolated, feel more anxiety and experience difficulty focusing in class

Children with SLCN often fail to develop internal dialogue to regulate behaviour and emotions

Language difficulties lead to literacy difficulties which lead to low self esteem to school failure.

SLCN leads to problems with expressing, understanding and recognising emotions.

A significant number of young offenders in custody in the UK experience difficulties with Speech, Language and Communication. (Bryan 2004).

SLCN can lead to behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

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Last updated: 26 October 2015

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