Summary of 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.

This summary is based on ‘A brief review of approaches to oral language development’, a report produced by the Centre for Effective Services in 2014, which considers the best available evidence on how to organise and deliver services to achieve better language outcomes for children in areas of social disadvantage.

Based on recent literature and communication and consultation with researchers, practitioners and specialists, this review makes five key recommendations for the Area Based Childhood Programme. Findings and recommendations are relevant to wider service delivery.