Speech Therapy Services Are Vital

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08 Jun 2011
The availability of speech therapy services is vital to ensuring that both children and young adults who have problems communicating are helped to achieve their potential. More than 60% of inmates in young offender institutions have speech and communication difficulties, an issue that has existed in this country for decades.

I raised this matter with the Health Minister in Parliament yesterday and hope that the Government will begin to tackle this problem in their proposals for a new approach to special educational needs and disability.

The Government are running a public consultation on these proposals until 30 June and welcome people’s views. If you would like any more information about these proposals, please contact my office on 01909 568611.