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Preferred outcomes for children with SLCN and their families


In order to deliver services and interventions for children with SLCN that are relevant and deliver outcomes that both children and families value, we need to understand the perspectives of children and families.

We are interested to find out…..

what aspects of children’s speech, language and communication are considered to be important signs of children’s progress…

what children and families think changes as a result of interventions….

What have we done so far?

Between January 2010 and March 2011 we worked with children and their families across the UK through:

- discussion groups with parents

- arts-based workshops with children

- a UK wide online survey

From this work we found that across all kinds of speech, language and communication needs parents value inclusion and independence for their children very highly. Other priorities included outcomes such as staying safe, communication, friendships, social confidence and coping with change.

Children valued laughing and joking with friends, family and teachers, the help and support they received from significant individuals in their lives and their pets. They also expressed sadness and frustration at other people teasing, shouting and interrupting them and at their own struggles with various aspects of communication and school work. See children’s report (Word Document)

What’s next?

Following on from this, we are comparing children’s and parents’ perspectives with what is currently being assessed in practise, and exploring ways to better measure outcomes that are important to children and their parents.


The overall aim of this project is to develop a way of measuring outcomes that are valued by children with speech, language and communication needs and their families. This could then be made available to support the evaluation of interventions and services.



 Children's Views(Word Document) We ran seven workshops in special and mainstream schools around the UK to ask children with SLCN about their lives, what's important to them and their goals for the future.