Analyse the Importance of Early Identification of Speech, Language and Communication Delays and Disorders and the Potential Risk of Late Recognition

It can become a very difficult task for children and young people to communicate (both listening and speaking) who have a hearing impairment, moderate/severe learning difficulties or speech impediment. In order for children with disabilities to interact and develop with other children, it is essential that other alternative forms of communication are recognised. Introducing sign language and using personal reference will help the way they communicate, also touch, basic facial and hand gestures are effective forms of communication, along with use of computers. There can only be one outcome on a child where early identification of particular disorders are recognised, and that is a positive one. Children are being helped and supported in areas that have been a cause for concern where they are under developing. If problems are not recognised early on, it will have a detrimental affect on a childs development. They won’t be able to communicate with people confidently and may be misunderstood. They will be working at a low level in their language work which will carry on through with them to later life in general and this could result in them not being able to gain the qualifications they require to succeed and possess the job they desire. Whereas they could be receiving correct support and guidance if issues are recognised early on. Early intervention allows us to;
Identify what helps communication and language to develop
Review their language provision and plan appropriately
Ensure they are getting the most out everyday activities and experience, promoting all aspects of language and communication
Make effective partnership with parents