A communication rich environment uses lots of different strategies to make communication as easy, effective and enjoyable as possible. It should provide opportunities for everyone to talk, listen, understand and take part, in whatever way they are able to.
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
When a child has a language disorder that is not associated with a known condition such as autism spectrum disorder. This cannot be diagnosed until the child is over 5 years of age.
Muscle weakness which affects someone’s ability to make accurate speech sounds. Speech can sound slurred.
A qualified healthcare professional with graduate level training and registered to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Speech & Language Therapy (SaLT)
Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
When a child’s speech develops following a normal pattern, but at a slower rate, than expected.
When a child’s speech develops following an unusual pattern.
Transfer of Care
When the responsibility for a specific aspect of a child's care is transferred from one professional to another, for example from a Speech and Language Therapist to a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).
Being able to make sense of what is said, signed or written (also referred to as comprehension or receptive language).
The use of pictures and/or objects to represent different parts of a school day or child's daily routine.
Word Finding Difficulties
Inability to reliably retrieve a known target word from memory.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.