Unicorn School

Speech & Language

Good language and communication skills are the foundation of a child’s learning, thinking and social skills.

The term speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) describes difficulties across one or many aspects of communication including:

  • problems with producing speech sounds accurately
  • stammering
  • voice problems, such as hoarseness and loss of voice
  • problems understanding language (making sense of what people say)
  • problems using language (words and sentences)
  • problems interacting with others. For example, difficulties understanding the non-verbal rules of good communication or using language in different ways to question, clarify or describe things.


Some SLCN are short term and can be addressed through effective early intervention. Others are more permanent and will remain with a person throughout their childhood and adult life. (1st June 2021 RCSLT)


Our in-house Speech and Language Therapy team provides specialist support for those with speech, language & communication needs. The level of support is tailored to the needs of the individual child, and will be regularly evaluated to change with the child’s needs.

 Appropriate support comes in many forms, including:

  • direct individual sessions
  • direct group sessions
  • overseeing other staff running group sessions
  • support and advice for teaching staff
  • joint planning with teaching staff