Three years ago, if your child needed speech and language therapy, they would have waited for a maximum of 18 weeks before getting an appointment. Now, The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist have revealed that 52% of therapists have had a budget cut in the last year, meaning services have been dramatically reduced and waiting times increased.
If your child needs to see a therapist now, prepare for a three year wait.
The Government has recently introduced new ‘development checks’ for children – at two years old, a health visitor assesses a child to see if they match the criteria for speech and language therapy, and if they do, the health visitor puts in a referral to their local therapy service. But, because of budget cuts, more and more professionals therapists are being made redundant, meaning a child can’t receive help quickly after being referred.
What do you think the answer is?
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