Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) Language support

We work with schools to support children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and developmental language disorders.

Our team works with schools and colleges to help them provide autism, language and early language support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Language Support team

We support children who are 4 to 16 years old and have been diagnosed with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). We also support children with developmental language disorders.

Examples include difficulties with listening, understanding and/or talking.

Our team:

  • provides advice and training to school staff so that they can support children with speech, language and communication needs, including strategies to help staff make sure all children can understand the language used in the school curriculum
  • provides advice, training and support for the SEN specialist teacher for language who works with schools so that they can identify children and young people with SLCN as early as possible, assess their needs and suggest ways to support them
  • supports schools with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and preparation for the annual EHC plan review
  • supports parents and carers with on-to-one advice
  • provides training and workshops for parents and carers, such as courses in Makaton, which is a language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people communicate
  • works closely with other BHISS teams

How to get support from us

Your child's school will contact us if they need support from us. Colleges can buy support from us for young people who are 16 to 19 years old.

Talk to your child's teacher or the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator if you think your child needs support from us.


  • Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Building, County Oak Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8DJ

Contact information

Opening times

Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4:30pm on Fridays.