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Communication offer for young people - pregnancy to school age

All children and young people are entitled to

  • Access to good communication environments
  • Expectant parents to have access to ante-natal programmes
  • Brazelton Newborn Observation Techniques offered universally at first or second new-born Health Visitor contacts -up to 3 months of age
  • Eight visits offered under the enhanced Health visitor model and universal plus offer on a needs led basis
  • WellComm screening at at 9 to 12 month, 2 to 2.5 years and 3 to 3.5 year development check
  • Ages and stages questionnaire
  • Access to a GP
  • Consistent tracking system to plot speech, language and communication progress and to provide: early identification; intervention for those with speech, language and communication delay; challenge and progress for those performing as or above expected
  • Knowledgeable parents and practitioners aware of their role in supporting speech, language and communication development and working together in partnership
  • Practitioners who create a language rich environment, which provides language learning opportunities and interactions in daily activities
  • Baseline assessment on entry to and early years foundation stage assessment at the end of reception
  • NHS telephone advice service short appointments

Some children and young people may need

  • Identification of where babies are not meeting age-related expectations
  • Identification of attachment/early intervention issues between parents and young babies
  • Speech and language home visiting service
  • Access to speech, language and communication advice and programme of support through settings and community or home based intervention
  • Access to appropriate interventions to provide a short-term boost to language learning delivered by appropriately trained members of staff
  • Practitioners to have access to key messages promoting positive interaction from the early years team, Communicate CIC and Better Start 

A few children and young people may need

  • Access to specialist provision such as NHS, Blenheim and/or Portage
  • Referral to specialist health visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
  • Referral to specialist health visitor for Parents and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS)
  • Referral for a Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale up to 2 months of age, with the Specialist Health Visitor with video interactive guidance
  • Access to a speech and language therapist who can assess, provide advice and guidance and, where appropriate, intervention to the child
  • Identified members of staff who can support speech and language programmes in the setting (if required) following the advice and guidance of the speech and language therapist
  • Involvement of early years SEND advisory teacher around complex speech, language and communication needs/social communication difficulties