Working with Children and Young People with SLCN

What career options are there?

If you want to work exclusively with children with SLCN then your best option is speech and language therapy. For more information about becoming a speech and language therapist or SLT assistant, see the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ website.

All professionals who work with children and young people are likely to have some contact with SLCN, and a few careers, such as teaching, may offer the opportunity to specialise in this area.

I work with children/families and feel I need more training in SLCN. Can you help?

Try looking at our free downloads for professionals. If they do not meet your needs, these resources should help:

  • Afasic’s list of training providers.

    Providers of training in SLCN (433.2 KiB, 5,866 hits)

  • The Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF), developed by The Communication Trust. It helps you to identify your training needs by setting out the SLCN competencies you should have depending on your level of engagement: universal, enhanced, specialist or extension. You can access the SLCF from this web page or from this web page
  • The SEND Gateway is hosted by Nasen (The National Association for Special Educational Needs) with funding from the Government. It contains a range of information on all aspects of SEN and disability, including SLCN resources and training.

Does Afasic provide funding to cover the costs of training?

We regret that this is not part of our remit. For advice on securing funding for training, see the National Careers Service website.

Does Afasic offer work experience placements?

We are a small organisation and do not have the resources to provide formal work experience programmes. If you can be reasonably ‘self-starting’, you might like to consider supporting us as a volunteer. For further details, see our Volunteering page.

N.B. We do very little work directly with children and young people. Any opportunities that do arise are advertised on our website, but they are few and far between.

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Resources and Information about SLCN

Where can I find out more about SLCN?

I’m looking for advice on how to help and/or identify children with SLCN

Afasic has a range of information and resources, which you can access. If you would like to know more, try looking at our lists of other organisations, publishers, online resources and apps, and training providers:

Apps and online resources for professionals (392.6 KiB, 4,988 hits)

Providers of training in SLCN (433.2 KiB, 5,866 hits)

Publishers of SLCN resources (317.0 KiB, 5,014 hits)

Resources for SLCN - organisations (180.9 KiB, 4,079 hits)

Can you send me all your free information?

You can download and print all of our free literature. If you would like us to send printed copies to you, please place an order through our Shop.