WORCESTERSHIRE Children’s Speech and Language Services has been named as an ‘example of best practice’ in an independent review of speech services in England, writes Tom Banner.
The ‘Bercow 10 Years On’ report by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists details the national development of speech therapy services across the country.
Service manager Emma Jordan said they were proud of the achievement, adding the service was having a positive, measurable impact on the development of children’s speech, language and communication skills in the county.
The Worcestershire children’s speech and language service is run by the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and provides support for over 6,500 children and young people in Worcestershire, who experience difficulties with their speech, language, communication or swallowing in the form of vocal and social skills help and advice to help them.
By working with local organisations and schools, the trust provides training and support for parents and teachers to assist those aged 19 and under with their speech and language.
It has cut the number of children at risk of developing speech and language difficulties by an average of 20 per cent.
Visit: http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/speech-language-therapy/childrens/ for more on the services provided by Worcestershire Children’s Speech & Language services and for support and guidance.