We need to talk: access to speech and language therapy

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Children's Commissioner
Children's Commissioner for England
Date of publication
11 June 2019
Children and Young People, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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Thousands of children in England struggle with speech, language and communication, and these difficulties can have severe long terms effects on their education, their emotional well-being and their employment prospects. Eleven percent of two-year olds who receive their development checks are already identified as being below the expected level of communication. The latest Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results show that 18% of five-year olds, which equates to 114,822 children, are not reaching the expected development levels in communication.

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