Ten per cent of young people have SLCN

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As many as one in ten children and young people have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) which are not adequately met in school and which can significantly hamper their employment prospects, a new report has revealed.

The report, Speech, Language and Communication in Secondary Aged Pupils, has been produced by the children’s communication charity I CAN and it shows that the prevalence of SLCN in children does not decline as they enter adolescence. A shortage of communication specialists in secondary schools, including speech and language therapists, is identified as a major concern, alongside a lack of training, awareness and confidence among school staff.

The report, an amalgam of current research and thinking on the subject, is critical of the support that young people with SLCN receive at secondary school, arguing that, while adolescence is a critical time for brain and communication development, support for speech and language problems all but stops after primary school education.

A copy of Speech, Language and Communication in Secondary Aged Pupils can be downloaded at:
www.ican.org.uk/evidence

SEN News Team
Author: SEN News Team

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