These are statistics taken from the marvelous people at Hello - The National Year of Communication. It underlines the importance of the campaign and the incredible work that is undertaken by Speech and Language Therapists.
In the 21st century, the ability to communicate – to say what you want to say and to understand what other people are saying is fundamental Speech, language and communication underpins everything we do e.g. making our needs known and expressing our likes and dislikes.
For some children communication skills are much harder to grasp and develop than others; they have speech, language and communication needs.
10% of all children have long term or persistent speech, language and communication needs.
7% of all children have speech, language and communication needs as their main difficulty also known as specific language impairment (SLI) .
3% of all children have speech, language and communication needs as part of another condition such as autism .
At least 60% of young people in the youth justice system have communication needs.
In the UK today over 1 million children and young people have some form of speech, language and communication need.