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What's it like to have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

A lot of children have difficulty with speech, language and communication. About 1 in 10 in fact. People with these difficulties often find it hard to have conversations with others. This is because they have difficulty listening, speaking or understanding what others have said.

Here is the sort of thing that someone with these difficulties might say:

  • "I find it hard to concentrate on what people are saying"
  • "It's hard to understand some of the words people say"
  • "I don't always know that someone is talking to me. I have to watch the other people at school to see what to do"
  • "I don't hear or remember everything people say to me. Sometimes I only remember the first or last bit."
  • "I can't understand when someone talks in long sentences"
  • "I know what I want to say, but can't get the words out"
  • "My sentences get in a muddle. I have lots of ideas, but I can't say them the right way"
  • "I can think of a good story but it goes wrong when I write it"
  • "My words sound funny sometimes. People don't understand what I say."
  • "I can't always hear the sounds in words"
  • " I want to join in with my friends but they are talking too fast"
  • "I don't really understand the rules of the game"
  • "I forget what we were talking about and talk about something else"
  • "I don't know what to say to people when I meet them"
  • "I get frustrated and angry"
  • "Reading and writing are difficult"
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