Secondary First Call

Speech language and communication - a practical resource for secondary school teachers.


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By looking at this resource it is likely that you have a pupil in your school who you think may have a speech language and communication need (SLCN).

Remember that other factors may be influencing the pupil’s speech language and communication:

  • Hearing
  • Memory
  • Self-esteem
  • Overall developmental level.

Communication is a complex skill involving many processes. Depending on which part of the communication chain isn’t working well, the student may present with a variety of communication needs.

Using the identification check list in the SLCN section of the Inclusion Development Plan (IDP) may help you identify which section will be the most appropriate. An IDP DVD has been made available to all schools.

The Communication Chain










(Elks and McLachlan 2008)

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Last updated: 22 October 2015

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