- · At least 40,000 children will have started school this September without the necessary level of speech, language and communication skills (Prof. J Wright, de Montford University, 2008)
- · A high percentage of these are transient difficulties which could have been prevented or dealt with pre-school. ICAN estimates 50% of the reception population fall into this category
- · Studies show that if a child starts school with delayed language his chances of success after school are less (Prof. J Law, City University, 2009)
- · At least 85% of those starting school will have poor attention and listening skills which will prevent them learning (Hill, 2010)
The Small Talker Groups were set up exactly to try to help alleviate the problems faced by the Class Teacher. We work on everything they need to be successful, effective communicators including attention, listening, vocabulary, understanding, expressive language skills and social interaction.
They are for all children but are ideal for those who really need a boost before they start school next year www.smarttalkers.org.uk