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CSLT Toolkit

Welcome to the CSLT Toolkit pages. These pages contain advice, activities and general resources to help with the development of children and young people's speech, language and communication skills.

It is strongly advised that this resource is used in line with the speech and language therapists advice and guidance.

Please select an area of interest from those below to access the relevant resources:

Attention and Listening

Some children find it hard to listen and concentrate at the level expected for their age in either or both 1:1 and group or whole class situations. Difficulties with attention and listening have an effect on all areas of learning; if a child is not able to listen and attend they will be unable to process information they are given.


Children who have English as a second language should not be regarded as having a speech and language difficulty. Even children who have had limited exposure to English before going to school can become competent communicators. However, some of these children may have speech and language difficulties in their heritage or home language.

Early Communication

Before children learn to talk they need to develop their early communication skills, such as: looking, joint attention, taking turns and listening. These skills are regarded as the foundation to speech, language and communication development.

Expressive Language

Difficulties with spoken language skills can present in a number of different ways including, difficulty putting words together to make a sentence, difficulty using accurate word endings e.g. verb tenses and plurals, limited vocabulary development and difficulty sequencing ideas to make a story.

Social Skills and Interaction

Some children have difficulties with social skills and interaction i.e. being able to use language appropriately within a social context (pragmatics). Social skills are the ways in which we use both language and non-verbal communication such as eye contact, facial expressions and body language.

Speech Sounds

Children can present with a range of different speech sound difficulties. Some children may not be able to use a specific sound or sounds in their speech; others struggle to co-ordinate the movements of their lips and tongue to accurately sequence sounds to make words. Children’s speech sound difficulties can have an impact on their ability to make themselves understood and developing reading and writing skills.

Understanding of Language

Some children struggle to understand spoken language at the level expected for their age. These children often have difficulty following instructions and learning new words and ideas.

Download the complete Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit here.

Download the index pages for the SLT Toolkit here

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for improving our Toolkit, please email Andrea we’d love to hear from you.

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.