Moor House, a specialist School & College for children and young people with speech and language disorders, supports the call today from the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, for a renewed government strategy to ensure the necessary help for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is in place across the country.
It follows a report, published today, examining the amount spent on speech and language therapy for children, that found over half (57%) of areas in England saw a real-terms reduction in spending on speech and language therapy in the last three years.
The report also highlights an enormous variation in spending between areas across England, prompting concerns from Ms Longfield that children who need vital help face a postcode lottery.
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), a subset of SLCN, affects just over 7% of the population, equivalent to 2 children in every class of 30.
Moor House, consistently rated outstanding by Ofsted, is one of very few Schools in the country specialising in supporting these children, providing individually tailored education with integrated speech and language therapy for those with the most severe and complex forms of the condition.
Through the work of its Research and Training Institute, Moor House is also at the forefront of global research and training in the field of speech and language disorders, sharing the benefits of our work more widely through training courses and resources for professionals.
Dr Susan Ebbels, Director of the Moor House Research and Training Institute, said: “Children with DLD and wider speech and language difficulties can make excellent progress with the right support.
“It is unacceptable that such differing levels of support are available across the country and we wholeheartedly endorse calls for a new government strategy in order to identify and provide appropriate levels of intervention for children with speech and language difficulties.”
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