Learning to communicate is a key developmental task for young children. When they learn to understand others, and express their own thoughts and feelings, they can interact socially and have their needs met. Few tasks in early childhood are as important as this one!
During the early years, families and teachers need to be highly responsive to the child’s attempts to communicate. When adults encourage a child to communicate, this helps all areas of their development. On the other hand, limited stimulation can significantly delay their progress.
While they are at school, a child’s ability to communicate with their peers and teachers is essential if they are to access, engage with, and progress in classroom activities. The range of subjects at school – from social studies and arts, to maths and science – promote language development. For children with communication difficulties, being at school with typical peers also provides the opportunity to develop social skills alongside those who are proficient language users.
The Speech and Language Team, based at Teynham School, have compiled a range of resources that may be useful for supporting children and young people to develop their communication skills. We will update the page regularly. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information.
Fact Sheets and Assessment Resources
The Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology (KM CAT) Service has some online training that foster carers can access. Click here to visit their web page.
Speech and language therapy resources from the NHS.
Information and advice
Common features of speech, language and communication needs
Top Tips and free resources for parents