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Did you know...

In the UK, over 1 million children and young people (that’s 2 to 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 some areas of the UK, 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.

Communication skills are important...

How 'school ready' a child is at age four is strongly predicted by their vocabulary and ability to talk in short sentences at the age of two years.

A child's vocabulary at age five is a predictor of his educational success and outcomes at age 30.

The most important influences on children's early development are those that come from home.

A poll undertaken by I CAN showed that only 43% of parents of 0 - 5 years olds were able to correctly identify the stages of communication.

The Bercow Ten Years on report stated that 42% of parents and carers say their child's needs have not been picked up early enough, and only 29% of parents feel well involved in how their child's support is planned.

Shared reading as young as 8 months of age is strongly associated with the child's use of spoken language at 12 and 18 months of age.

Looking back at 15 year olds' educational attainments, it was found that children who were read to by their parents during the first years of school showed markedly higher scores.

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