A recent survey of headteachers found that concerns about lack of school readiness have increased, with 97% of respondents identifying speech, language and communication needs as their greatest concern. Nearly three three quarters of health visitors also report that they have seen a significant growth in numbers of children with speech and communication delay over the past two years.
Why are we concerned? There have been a number of key reports published recently, for example the Communication Trust's Talking about a Generation and the Early Intervention Foundation's Language as a Wellbeing Indicator that have highlighted the importance of children's early language development for their life chances. While most children develop language easily, a significant minority will have difficulties.