A Speech and Language Champion is a trained practitioner who has attended many hours of training on children’s Speech Language and Communication development. Their role is to work within the nursery setting to promote children’s Speech, Language and Communication development.
They will work closely with practitioners to support children with Speech and language difficulties and signpost the family to the relevant agency. Before children are referred to a Speech and Language Therapist parental permission must be obtained to contact the Speech Therapist and for Speech and Language Champions to screen children’s development.
During the screening process a range of pictures, cues and props are used to help practitioners determine the child’s level of understanding, their communication and language skills. If the outcome is green then children’s development is correct for their age if it comes out amber this identifies the child needs some support within the setting. However, if it shows red then they need referring to a Speech and Language Therapist