Guest Colleagues – Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN)

Wendy Lee

Since delivering her presentation on Speech, Language and Communication Needs in the SEND Forum in Autumn 2015, Wendy has become a key point of contact for SLCN for schools in the Inclusion Forum.


Wendy is now the owner and director of Lingo Speech, a company passionate about developing the communication skills of all children and young people. They strive to enable all children to communicate to the best of their ability and to reap the rewards that confident communication brings.
They aim to provide services that develop these fundamental skills, impacting not only on communication, but also on wider academic and social outcomes.

Wendy qualified as a speech and language therapist 30 years ago and spent many years working in the NHS with children who had speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). She worked in Early Years settings and schools; mainstream, special and resource provision, where she worked with, and learned from some exceptional teachers and wonderful children and young people. She believes wholeheartedly in collaborative working, to ensure time and resource is spent wisely, using robust approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

For the past 10 years, Wendy has worked in the third sector, initially as a professional advisor for I CAN, the children’s communication charity and subsequently for The Communication Trust, where she had the role of professional director. In addition, she led on the professional content of a national campaign, developed interventions, such as Talk Boost, a targeted intervention for children with language delay, resources for practitioners and programmes of work, such as the Talk of Town, part of a large Educational Endowment Foundation randomised control trial. She also liaised with funders such as the Department of Education and the Paul Hamlyn foundation. Wendy also led on the What Works? evidence base for SLCN, working closely with academic partners and gaining greater insight into research and its translation into practice.

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