Communication Language and Literacy

576 Words2 Pages
Following on from the I CAN report (2006) this independent cross governmental review was undertaken by John Bercow (2008) at the request of Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007), and noted by Mroz (2012) as the most extensive review of Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) undertaken in England. The review, which assessed efficiency and effectiveness of provision for SLCN, was facilitated through major consultation with both parent and professional, alongside personal experience and carried out through discussions and questionnaires. In conjunction with this, support and contribution was made by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the DCSF. The RCSLT (2008) highlights how the review is the most significant policy, having long-term impact on the future of SLCN. Law & Tamhne (2005) refers to language delay by the child as the most universal special need. Bercow refers to the extreme consequences communicative delay can cause, highlighting how communication is not only a human right (UNICEF, 1989) but also central to most, if not all learning. Therefore as highlighted by Mroz (2006), the need for early identification by the parent/professional and intervention is crucial. However Paige-Smith and Craft (2011) dispute how without critical reflection by the practitioner with regards to study and theory, enabling greater knowledge and understanding of developmental norms and parental
Get Access