Speech, Language, and Communication Needs (SLCN) is an umbrella term used to describe learners who have difficulty communicating with others. Learners with SCLN may find it challenging to say what they want to say, have difficulty understanding what’s being said to them, or because they don’t understand the social rules of communication.
I recently observed a lesson where the teacher was introducing some key mathematical vocabulary. At the point where the word ‘axis’ was mentioned, a child with SLCN looked up at the teacher and said, “Woah, this is hard, it’s like learning another language!”.
Before you can support learners with SLCN you need to be aware of the challenges they’ll face. Let’s look at some tips and maths games you can incorporate in your classroom.