Event Date :
17 October 2018
The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, EX6 7UE
Improving Access to Communication Services and Support Project Steering Group
invite you to a
Creative Conversations Workshop
to be held on
Wednesday 17th October
at The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, EX6 7UE
The workshop is a free locally designed and delivered event aiming to consider the following statement and question:
‘Every child and young person across wider Devon can use speech, language and communication to their best ability. How can we make this a reality for every child and young person, for ever?’
We aim to achieve this by bringing enthusiastic, committed people together to express views and ideas whilst discussing opportunities, resources available (and needed) in order to make sustainable impacts.
It is widely acknowledged that effective speech, language and communication skills are fundamental for academic achievement, positive social, emotional and mental health development, behaviour and increased life chances; including employability.
However, research has found that:
Over 50% of children entering Foundation Stage in areas of high social deprivation have speech and language difficulties.
Between 7-10% of children and young people have speech, language and communication needs; that equates to at least 2 children in a class of 30 children.
Speech, language and communication needs have been identified as the most prevalent type of Special Educational Need (SEN) in primary schools.
81% of children with emotional and behavioural disorders have unidentified language difficulties.
Young people referred to mental health services are three times more likely to have speech language and communication needs than those who have not been referred.
66-90% of young offenders have low language skills, with 46-67% of these being in the poor or very poor range. (Bryan et al, 2007)