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Additional Evidence and Data

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

  • 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 self-initiated activities.

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External websites

  • Communication Trust
    The Communication Trust is a campaigning voice for children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • Speech and Language Therapy
    Information form Worcestershire Health Care NHS
  • Speech Link
    Speech Link and Language Link encourage high quality support for children with speech and language problems.

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This page was last reviewed 17 May 2013 at 13:41.
The page is next due for review 13 November 2014.