Communicating for Life

Students who have speech, language and communication needs are not receiving the support they need to achieve their potential. Caroline Wright discusses the results of a new report that shows a decline in educational practices that support verbal communication skills development and highlights what can be done to improve this crucial area for many vulnerable students.
Young boy with letters floating from his open mouth

Communication is a crucial life skill which enables us to understand and to be understood. Communication skills underpin social interaction, our ability to understand and manage our emotions and our capacity to form relationships. In the very earliest years, exposure to language influences infant brain development and parental attachment. Later on in life, our ability to communicate impacts on our educational attainment, our employment prospects and ultimately, our life chances.

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