This elearning aims to improve understanding of children and young people who have both mental health needs (or social emotional and mental health needs - SEMH) and speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN). This is made all the more important during the Covid-19 pandemic, as research suggests it has had an effect on everyone’s mental health, including children.

This online training highlights the links between mental health and communication and outlines how professionals can work together to remove communication barriers and help these children and young people achieve their potential. The course consists of 15 modules, of which the first five apply to all settings. You will need to complete these five in order to unlock the remaining modules.

The five core modules explain what speech, language, and communication needs are, what social, emotional, and mental health needs are, and how to recognise them; then how they are interrelated and some general strategies you can put in place. The remaining modules look in more detail at ways you can support children and young people, including getting support from speech and language therapy, working collaboratively, modifying risk assessment and de-escalation techniques, becoming a communication accessible service, and much more. For a full list of the module content, click here

If you have any questions at all regarding the content of the elearning, or you’re having any technical difficulties, please get in touch with us at cpd@rcslt.org