Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) in the early years: universal and targeted provision for Flying Start and Families First

This presentation gives an overview of the work taking place across Wales, within Flying Start and Families First, as well as more widely, to address the needs of children at risk of, or presenting with, early language delay. Around 50% of children in the most deprived areas of Wales are starting school with SLC needs which can then impact widely, not just on their educational outcomes but also their behaviour, mental health, and employment prospects.

This presentation considers what we can do to address some of these issues early, how Speech and Language Therapists collaborate as a profession, and with families and other professionals, and how we measure the impact of this work. We are very keen to link with other agencies to discuss and disseminate our work, and welcome questions.