Health visitors report rise in children with communication difficulties by Neil Puffett

Monday 24 April 2017

The number of health visitors encountering speech and language problems among children is rising according to a survey. Picture: Mark Pinder. Statistics collected by the Institute of Health Visiting reveal that 72 per cent of health visitors in 2016 said they had experienced an increase in the number of children they encountered with delayed speech and communication development - meaning they may use simpler sentences, fewer words and struggle to understand the same instructions as their peers.  Last month a study found that more than half of the children and young people's workforce have received little or no learning in their initial training about speech, language and communication (SLC) development. The Bercow: Ten Years On review has launched a short online survey, which closes in June, in order to get the views of parents and carers.