Understanding Child and Young People Development 4.1 -4.4

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3.1 Understanding Child and young person development

4.1

Disability can affect several areas of development at the same time but early support might help minimise the effects. Communication difficulty can be a common thread with the different types of disability. A child may not be able to feed themselves which leads to speech delay as feeding assists communication due to mouth action. As children/young people find it hard to express themselves, they can show aggressive behaviour when frustrated. Children who experience communication needs might have problems with reading and writing which delays them intellectually, socaially and emotionally.

The importance of early intervention.

Diagnosing problems in speech, language or communication is important to a child’s development as it could affect their overall behaviour. If the problem is picked up early enough then practitioners can intervene. It could affect early school life as a child may not be able to socialise or make friends for fear that they will be bullied or ostracised by other children. As a child grows older late diagnosis could affect their academic abilities as well as feeling like a social outcast. A hearing impairment or speech impediment may make it hard for a person to communicate; therefore it is crucial that other forms of communication are established i.e. makaton, sign language, or use of picture cards. If interventions are set in place early enough then the child, young person and their family will receive the correct guidance and support. This allows agencies or the people involved to ensure the child/young person is reaching their developmental targets and promote positive results for their language and communication.

4.2 Explain how multi agency teams work together to support speech, language and communication.

Multi agency working for speech and language.

Multi agency teams work together to improve a child’s development. In the early years a health visitor, clinic or...
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