Communication difficulties: facts and stats

I was preparing at the weekend for a meeting on Monday where we were presenting a business case to include speech, language and communication in another GM programme.

I like to have some interesting facts and statistics up my sleeve just in case we need to convince anyone around the table of the importance of developing children’s communication and language skills in the early years. I always say that if we just invested in one thing, for me it would be communication and language development as the impact of poor communication and language skills impact on so much more, for example:

  • 50-90% of children with persistent speech, language and communication difficulties go on to have reading difficulties.

  • When language difficulties are resolved by the age of 5 and a half, students are more likely to go on to develop good reading and spelling skills. This good performance continues throughout their school careers and they pass as many exams on leaving school as children without a history of speech, language and communication difficulties

  • Two thirds of 7-14 year olds with serious behaviour problems, have language impairment.

I didn’t need to worry – as everyone in the room was already signed up to the importance of SLC and lots of nods of agreement as we talked about the key role of communication and language in the first five years of life.

Whilst doing my preparation, I came across this handy facts and stats sheet from the Communication Trust so thought I’d share the link for anyone else who may need some useful facts and stats for discussions with commissioners, investors and other relevant audiences.

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/media/2612/communication_difficulties_-_facts_and_stats.pdf

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