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Signs of progress for pupils with language difficulties

Teachers won’t have the time to conduct speech therapy themselves but they can use therapeutic approaches that turn every interaction into a learning opportunity

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Knowledge is power and all that, but I do wonder, sometimes, just how much a classroom teacher needs to know in order to do their job effectively where students with language difficulties are concerned. Yes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but so is a preconceived opinion based on an academic theory, rather than knowledge of the person.

In terms of teaching, what can a teacher do? First and foremost, remember that teachers are not speech and language therapists (SaLTs) and they won’t have the time to conduct speech therapy themselves (although having a teaching assistant to carry out ...

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