A Brief Review of Approaches to Oral Language Development

Speech and language skills are fundamental to learning, development and communication and predict educational success later in life. Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this report considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

The review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme but its findings and recommendations are relevant to speech and language services more generally.