Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

Dacorum has two Speech and Language bases supporting children and young people locally and across West Hertfordshire.

Dacorum DSPL is funding ELKLAN training for staff in early years settings, primary and secondary schools. ELKLAN training allows teachers and teaching staff to support children and young people with speech, language and communication issues.

To find out more CLICK HERE

Longdean Speech and Language base is the only Secondary base in the west of the County. Please visit their website to find out more about support for parents and teaching staff – CLICK HERE

Chaulden Infants and Nursery School caters for up to 10 pupils with statements of SEN for speech, language and communication disorders within West Herfordshire. Please contact them through their website – CLICK HERE


Chaulden Junior School has a 10 place KS2 Base for children with an EHCP who have speech, language and communication as their main need. They can also offer support around SLCN to other settings, including delivering training in Word Aware, a whole school approach to teaching vocabulary across the curriculum. For more information CLICK HERE

The Communication Trust has published a very useful booklet on the stages of children’s communication development from birth to 5 years. It includes lots of great ideas to encourage young children to talk. You can download this booklet by clicking on the following link:



Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

To view a variety of resources and courses available to parents, carers and professionals visit the Makaton official website https://www.makaton.org/aboutMakaton/

The “Singing Hands” website offers a range of Makaton resources including courses, DVD’s and books to purchase. Visit their website at

https://singinghands.co.uk/ and search for “Singing Hands”  on “You tube”.