It is estimated that around 10% of children starting school in the UK will have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
This means 2-3 children in each class.
Research from The Communication Trust shows that children with SLCN represent the most prevalent type of special educational need amongst UK primary school pupils with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP).
Here at SLCN Stories, our purpose is to share inclusive children's books that are aimed at raising awareness and supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Children with SLCN need to be able to access stories that reflect their successes, barriers and specific experiences.
Discovering and reading stories that reflect how it feels to go to speech therapy and practice their sounds and words. Stories that reflect how it feels to not be understood, and stories that promote strategies to support communication.
We want to highlight new books so that they are easy to find for parents, carers and schools.
As part of this we are also donating children's books to schools in the UK through our Sharing Stories Project.
Our hope is that SLCN Stories contributes to celebrating and sharing the experiences of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs through raising awareness, highlighting inclusive stories and directly donating resources to schools.
As a small, parent-led project, we are dependent on fundraising to deliver SLCN Stories book collections to schools. If you'd like to support us, follow the link to our SLCN Stories JustGiving page.
10% of children in the UK have long-term Speech, Language and Communication Needs which means that they face barriers in communicating and learning in everyday life.
These children are at a higher risk of being bullied at school because of the difficulties that they may face with understanding what other’s may say and being able to share their own thoughts and feelings.
We also know that children with SLCN are more likely to experience social isolation when they have difficulties communicating with peers and building friendships. They may experience anger, frustration and anxiety when they are not understood by others. They may also feel distressed if they are interrupted, teased or ignored because of their Speech and Language difficulties.
Supporting children's emotional well-being is essential.
We hope that SLCN Stories can contribute to the discussion about supporting emotional well-being for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs and that through our Sharing Stories Project we can actively support families and schools.
If you have any concerns about your child's emotional well-being, please contact your child's teacher, SENCO, Speech Therapist or GP.
Hi! I'm Sarah.
I founded SLCN Stories following the first lockdown of 2020.
I'm a mum to 3 wonderful children, and a passionate advocate for raising awareness and understanding of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
I know first-hand how difficult it can be for both children and parents when your child struggles with speech and language. My own son has a Speech Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Every day I am inspired by how hard my young son works, his resilience and determination, and to appreciate each success, no matter how small or big.
I'm incredibly grateful to the SLCN community who have held my hand and supported our family.
The SEN parents who are always ready to listen, swap stories and share advice over a cup of coffee.
The Speech Therapists who have patiently guided us through waiting lists, assessments and interventions, and supported not just a young boy but a worried mum.
I will forever be grateful to you.
I founded SLCN Stories so that I can channel my passion for raising awareness and supporting children who face challenges communicating, and offer that same support I have received to other parents, carers, families and schools.
SLCN stories is a place to share inclusive stories for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
A place to discover stories that reflect our children's successes, barriers and specific experiences.
So that children like my own son are able to pick up a book and see themselves, their journey and celebrate just how amazing they are.
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