Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are often called the invisible or hidden disability because they are often not visible or obvious. As a result, their significance is often overlooked.
Some examples of the SLCN experienced by young are:
> Difficulty understanding spoken words and using language to communicate.
> Difficulties remembering and recalling information accurately.
> Difficulty understanding commonly used legal vocabulary, for example Liable, Remorse, Reparation, Threatening or Victim. These difficulties have prevented effective access to the legal and court system.
> Difficulties in listening and understanding.
> Difficulties sequencing information to tell a story.
> Difficulty using abstract language (e.g. idioms, metaphors).
> Difficulties staying on topic.
> Understanding non-verbal communication and relating to others in socially acceptable ways.
> Difficulty expressing feelings and emotions in an appropriate way, for example they may use aggressive behaviour, instead of words, to express themselves.
Speech and language therapy may be provided by direct or indirect interventions. Individuals with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs will need direct speech and language therapy intervention. Others with less complex SLCN may benefit from indirect speech and language therapy provision.
Lots of our information has been taken from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RSCLT) website – https://www.rcslt.org/speech-and-language-therapy/where-slts-work/justice/#section-1