Using Communication and Interaction with Other Frameworks
The Communication and Interaction framework will work best when used alongside our other frameworks. As we created the Communication and Interaction framework, we used appropriate content from existing frameworks. This has a number of benefits:
- When you start using the framework, it will be pre-populated with any skills a pupil has already achieved or is working towards.
- As skills are achieved or experienced within Communication and Interaction, they will automatically transfer to our other frameworks and vice versa. This can allow for improved collaboration between teachers and SaLT.
- Evidence and comments linked to achievements that are in multiple frameworks will be synced. Teachers can view evidence uploaded by the SaLT.
This will result in a more holistic view of a pupil’s progress and achievements.
School can use the framework to identify where groups of children in the same class may have overlapping areas of need. This could support you to provide targeted interventions to these children or to evaluate your whole class teaching approaches. Effective universal and targeted teaching approaches mean that Speech and Language Therapists can be more effective when providing or guiding specialist interventions
Please use the developmental age bands with wisdom. A child with skills in the three-year-old level at the age of 7 will not present exactly like a three-year-old, because they have been exposed to seven years of experience and may have developed a range of coping strategies. Children have often become adept at using the skills they have to manage the implications of their communication disorder. The age bands are a useful point of reference but need to be shared carefully and thoughtfully, especially as young people get older.
The framework can be used to support effective referrals into your NHS or independent SaLT. It may also support you in talking to parents about why referrals are needed. As referral criteria can change often and become more stringent to manage demand, an effective referral with strong evidence may be the difference between accessing a SaLT or not.