There are close links between language development and areas of social disadvantage. Many children growing up in these areas have poor language skills; their spoken language is like that of a younger child, however with the right support some can develop and catch up. Social disadvantage does not predict language development but is strongly associated and so is a risk factor for poor language skills.
However, without support, these language difficulties can persist throughout schooling.
Children in the care system are at risk of having SLCN.
Read this factsheet from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) on some of the links between SLCN and social disadvantage.
Talking About a Generation, a report from The Communication Trust, provides more information on this topic.
For a more in depth read, look at this report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Speech and Language Difficulties.
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a diagnosis given to children and young people who have lifelong spoken language difficulties. It is common, affecting approximately 7.6% of all children primary school, which equates to 2 or 3 in every average class of 30 in the UK.
Find out more about DLD and explore I CAN’s host of DLD resources for schools here.
Children with poor language skills struggle across many areas. The impact of having poor spoken language affects educational outcomes, social relationships, employability and places young people at risk of poor mental health and offending.
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