Additional Evidence and Data
There are a number of tools available to
support the identification and assessment process and settings and
schools may already be aware of or using a variety of these to
gather evidence and identify needs:
Schedule of Growing Skills (SOGS)
- The Health Visitor 2 ½ Year Check became statutory (nationally)
in April 2010. This is used universally by Health Visitors and can
assist in the early identification of SLCN.
- The Schedule of Growing Skills (SOGS) is the assessment adopted
in Worcestershire and is carried out at 8 months and 2 ½ years.
SOGS has an element of speech and language assessment.
- To accompany this and to support the decision to refer a child
to Speech and Language Therapy, Health Visitors have access to
Guidance for referral to Speech and Language Therapy Service: 8
months to 5 years (PDF).
- Language Link (External
Website) is a universal screening and early
identification tool to identify children aged four to
five-and-a-half with receptive language difficulties. As of
Sept 2010, 80 primary/first schools in Worcestershire are using
Language Link. Results show which children should be referred to
the Speech and Language Therapy Service and which children would
benefit from school-based language intervention.
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP)
- The primary purpose of the Early Years
Foundation Stage Profile is to provide Year 1 teachers and parents
with reliable and accurate information about each child's level of
development as they reach the end of the EYFS. This will enable the
teacher to plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum
that will meet all children's needs, to support their continued
achievement more fully.
- During the Reception class, each child's
development is recorded against the 13 assessment scales of the
EYFSP which are based on the early learning goals and divided
between the six areas of learning and development. Judgements
against these scales should be made from observation of consistent
and independent behaviour, predominantly from children's
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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
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