Friday, 11 January 2013

Speech and Language cuts mean children are missing out



Many children who need Speech and Language therapy are missing out


There are many children in the country who are unable to access Speech and language therapy because of huge cuts in the budgets used to fund them. This is meaning that many children are starting school without the language skills they need. Research by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists found that waiting times for children on the Speech therapy lists were waiting up to 42 weeks to be seen, whereas the wait used to be 18 weeks.

This is not new news either. Just last year the BBC reported that many parents were struggling to get the help they needed for their child, with 28 per cent of parents finding it hard to do so (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16548559)

Speech and Language therapy is so important for children with communication difficulties. Everybody deserves a voice and those children struggling to use theirs should have the support they need as well as providing a bit of guidance and support for their parents. It can be very frustrating for a child who cannot voice their needs or thoughts and with the correct support from speech and language therapists, the child can benefit from not only being able to communicate, but to also help them with behaviour issues which come with language difficulties.

There are still a lot of parents who are unaware of the importance of communicating with their babies and what it could mean in the long term. A survey by the National Literacy trust in 2011 found that 1 in 5 parents to be believed that it was only beneficial to communicate with their baby from 3 months onwards and 1 in 20 believed it wasn't necessary to do so until their child reached 6 months.

So, some of the need for speech and language therapy is perhaps coming from the lack of knowledge of parents in the need for communication with their child from birth, and even according to some, whilst in the womb. It is a shame that because of cuts in the budget, parents are not being given the information they need to help their child and the children themselves are missing out on vital therapy.

You can read more on this subject and show your support for stopping the cuts at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Giving-Voice-campaign-Stop-Speech-and-Language-Therapy-cuts/149772921750137

http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/rss/1165359/Speech-language-therapy-children-rationed-due-budget-cuts-finds-survey/

http://www.therapy-directory.org.uk/blog/2012/01/19/nhs-reform-could-result-in-speech-therapy-cuts/

http://www.senmagazine.co.uk/news/1121-systemic-problems-mask-children-s-communication-issues

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