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Speech & Language - The Facts

One in ten children (or 1.2 million) has a communication disability in the UK.

In addition to this, as many as half of all children are entering primary schools with impoverished speech and language skills.

Communication disability is a feature central to, and common across, most areas of disability and special educational needs. A growing number of studies show a significant proportion of language difficulties can be long term and persistent.

"Upwards of 50% of children in some areas of the UK have impoverished language on school entry"

The lives of children and young people with speech, language and communication impairments can be improved with education. The right kind of education can build on their strengths and ensure school and the learning environment is a positive and happy experience.

"10% of children have a communication disability"

Speech, language and communication impairments encompass a spectrum of challenges and impact individuals in different ways. Whilst one young person may be unable to speak, another might never stop talking. Children with a communication disability may have problems with production or comprehension of spoken language, with using or processing speech sounds, or with understanding or using language in a social context.