Date
09 December 2019
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Speech, language and communica­tion needs

Classroom strategies supporting students' learning and wellbeing across the curriculum.

Understanding SLC

​Learn about key definitions and indications of SLC, and how this can influence learning.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/nGuO1cL4gHQ

Dr Courtenay Norbury discusses the distinctions between speech, language and communication, and how children may have difficulties with some or all of these functions. For slides to accompany this video, see Slideshare: Speech, language and communication.

Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with speech, language and communication needs.

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely.  

Students looking at a globe

Every student with speech, language, and communication needs are different, and their needs change as they get older.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

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    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau

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    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Assessment and monitoring

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    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Organisations, programmes and resources

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    • Resources

Key areas to support

Literacy, communication, and social interaction are areas students may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/I92QkPdvYRI

In Alberta, Canada schools are using Universal Design for Learning to support the personalisation of learning.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. ​Support literacy

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    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Support communication

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    • Resources
  3. ​Support social interaction

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    • Video
    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with speech, language, and communication needs are often valuable for everyone.

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Develop visuals and graphics in partnership with students. Select strategies and approaches that support understanding and independence.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with speech, language, and communicaiton needs are often valuable for everyone.

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Consider how you can use clear, uncluttered visuals to support understanding and independence. Discuss approaches with students.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

Key resources

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How speech, language and communication needs can influence learning

A summary of the challenges students with speech, language, and communication needs experience at school, with an outline of teaching opportunities to support learning. A Ministry of Education publication.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Speech language and communication needs A resource for educators

Speech, language and communication needs: A resource for educators

Read time: 28 min

This booklet examines how speech, language and communication needs can influence learning and provides strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Misunderstood Supporting children and young people with speech language and communication needs

Misunderstood: Supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

Read time: 19 min

An explanatory booklet about speech, language, and communication needs.

Publisher: The Communication Trust

Website

Supporting students with communication needs

Information about the Ministry of Education’s Communication Service, which employs speech-language therapists who support children with high communication needs in schools.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Creating an anxiety-free environment

An advice sheet for parents, carers and teachers on reducing anxiety for students with selective mutism.

Publisher: SMiRA

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