;) We at the Scope Early Years Team have just finished an exhausting and exhilarating run of three information exchanges with interested people all over the country. We have told them what we are doing about getting early communication on the map and they have pushed us to do all this and more. One of the major topics that have come up is that communication for children who will have physical difficulties in this area often comes way too late and no one appears to take responsibility for pushing it to the forefront.
The good news is that there are a huge number of interested committed people out there with this on their mind but the bad news is that communication seems to have no status.
One parent said that if her child had poor sight she gets glasses automatically and if she has poor hearing she gets a hearing aid but when she can't speak that doesn't seem to be anyone's responsibility to sort it out and the family gets passed from pillar to post.
If you have thoughts on this jump in and let me know. I am writing a report on the conferences we have just run but other views are welcome and will be passed onto the people who ought to be legislating to ensure that this area of need is no longer neglected.