Why is communication so important?
Communication is key to many of the things we want for ourselves
and our children. It underpins everything we do and helps us live
life to the full.
It's fundamental to children's development; children need to be
able to understand and be understood; it's the foundation of
relationships and is essential for learning, play and social
Children with speech, language communication needs (SLCN) are at
high risk of difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. If
children can't say words, they will be more likely to have
difficulties in 'sounding out' words for reading and spelling, or
writing them down. If they can't understand the words they hear,
they will struggle to understand what they have read.
Children with communication difficulties are more likely to have
behaviour difficulties. Many children with identified behaviour
needs have previously unidentified SLCN. Imagine the frustration of
not getting your message across.
This is why it's so important to support not only children who
have communication difficulties but all children's communication
Some facts and stats
- In the UK, over 1 million children and young people - that's 2
- 3 in every UK classroom - have some form of long term and
persistent speech, language and communication difficulty. This can
affect them early, severely and for life.
- In areas of poverty, over 50% of children are starting school
with delayed communication skills. Their speech may be unclear,
vocabulary is smaller, sentences are shorter and they are able to
understand only simple instructions.
Many of these children can catch up with the right support.
- 50-90% of children with persistent speech, language and
communication difficulties go on to have reading difficulties
- At least 60% of young people in young offender institutions
have communication difficulties
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