Development of specialist resource provision (SRP)
Children and young people with developmental language disorder and severe motor speech disorders are currently provided for by a pattern of SLCN bases attached to mainstream schools.
We have identified an increasing number of pupils with speech, language and communication needs who have a broader and more complex level of need, including autism and social communication difficulties. Often these young people end up in special school, when they should have been better supported to access a mainstream curriculum instead. These pupils need access to mainstream curriculum, balanced with a safe space to be in, where work can be done to support self-regulation and emotional wellbeing.
Children and young people with developmental language disorder and severe motor speech disorders continue to need access to the mainstream curriculum, delivered in a linguistically modified and visually supported environment.
This has led to our proposal to develop SRPs for the children and young people with social communication difficulties in addition to the children and young people with speech and language disorders, as part of the continuation of provision for children and young people with:
- developmental language disorder and / or a severe motor speech disorder (developmental verbal dyspraxia)
- social communication and social interaction difficulty who may acquire a diagnosis of autism
Access to provision will be needs-led, with a robust multi-disciplinary team overseeing admissions to ensure early intervention. Access for children and young people with social communication difficulties will not be reliant on a medical diagnosis of autism. Children with developmental language disorder and severe motor speech disorders, however, will be identified by a speech and language therapy lead clinician, ahead of being recommended to the admissions panel.
When will the SRPs be ready?