Evaluation of the Speech & Language Therapy Service
In every child’s life the development of speech, language and communication skills is pivotal. It is a key factor in their social development, educational achievement, levels of confidence and self-esteem.
The strong link between early speech and language therapy development, literacy attainment and academic success is widely documented in research literature and in the strategic government policy of many OECD countries. Recognition of the importance of this link has resulted in the development and implementation of national targeted early intervention programmes for young children in low socio-economic areas. These programmes e.g. Sure Start in the UK, promote integration between health trusts, local authorities and education at policy level. The result of this has been the delivery of holistic integrated services to young children and their families.