Cuts make children wait up to a year for vital speech and language therapy
Cuts will have a 'significant and avoidable impact on a whole generation of children' says expert
Sunday 29 June 2014
Children with communication difficulties are being left to struggle as cuts mean they miss out on vital speech and language therapy, a survey has found.
There were reports that some children were waiting up to a year to see a speech and language therapist (SLT), up from about 18 weeks three years ago. A study by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists found 52 per cent of SLTs reported budget cuts over the past year.
Kamini Gadhok, chief executive of the college, said that expert senior staff were being made redundant and children with speech, language and communication problems were having to wait longer for treatment or not being seen at all. “Short-sighted cuts will have a significant and avoidable impact on a whole generation of children and once these services are lost it will take years to rebuild them,” she said.
Ms Gadhok warned that the Government’s new development checks for two-year-olds by health visitors would fail to benefit children if there were no longer enough SLTs to support those identified as needing help.
The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school
Wikipedia rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting small businesses and celebrities
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
This is a volunteer role with paid expenses : Belong: Seeking volunteers who c...
£19000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses reimbursable: Reach Volunteering: St...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This market leader in the devel...