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Phonics screening and pronunciations difficulties

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Lindy2 Fri 09-Dec-16 13:18:39

I was wondering if any teachers could answer this for me. My nearly 6 year old is in year 1 and doing fine with her reading. However she does have a speech difficulty. Her speech used to be quite difficult to understand but has got much, much clearer as she has got older. She is still really struggling with the L and R sound though. For example green us geen, black is back, granny is ganny. She simply can't make the blended sound.
At parents' evening her teacher suggested we make a gp appointment to see if she needs some speech therapy. The school apparently don't provide this at all now due to budget cuts.
I was just wondering how this issue would be dealt with in the phonics screening. Would she be marked as getting a word wrong simply because she can't say it? In her head she is actually reading it correctly and she's doing well with her phonics. It's just the sound that comes out of her mouth that isn't quite right.
Also any stories of children with this type of problem being ok in the end would be very comforting. It's quite a cute speech impediment at age 5 but obviously not so much at age 10 etc and she us starting to be a bit self conscious.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Fri 09-Dec-16 14:55:23

Tricky one. Normally, if a child with a speech delay or disorder substitutes a spud it's acceptable as long as it's a substitution that that child normally makes in their speech.

I don't know if it's the same where a child misses out a sound completely. I suspect it probably isn't.

prh47bridge Fri 09-Dec-16 16:25:09

From the phonics screening check administration guidance: Any pronunciation difficulties should be taken into account when deciding whether a response is acceptable.

Bluebonnie Sat 10-Dec-16 12:24:09

It looks as if the phonics screening will be in her favour, but it's quite important to get help for your daughter's speech defect, especially if she's getting self conscious about it. Do take up the suggestion to ask for SLT via your GP.

Speech and language therapy has been an NHS provision in our area for decades, and they now take referrals only for primary aged children.

Coconut0il Sat 10-Dec-16 12:50:54

I think it will be taken into account during the screening. Definitely go through your GP for a referral.
I'm a TA and in the past I've supported children with speech and language difficuties with support from SALT. We used to have a brilliant lady who would come into school regularly but due to cuts only the severest cases are referred now and I haven't seen her in school for two years.
The improvement in speech has been noticeable with all the children I've worked with. The activities were fun, mostly different games. Little and often.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Sat 10-Dec-16 12:58:20

I had a severe speech impediment as a child as did my siblings. Mine was a s/d confusion though and although I can remember having speech therapy in infant school it wasn't there in juniors.
I think mum went through GP and although we don't have this issue we have others with our DS (sensory issues and fine motor issues) and did them through GP as that was faster.

Lindy2 Sat 10-Dec-16 14:09:13

Thanks everyone. I have booked a GP appointment so hopefully that will be helpful for her. Hopefully the phonics test will be flexible too.

Emeraude Sun 18-Dec-16 11:28:42

This is one of the reasons that phonics screening checks are supposed to be conducted by someone who is familiar with the child and their speech.

DO get SALT though.

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