Outcome 4 Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people. 4.1 Analyse the importance of early identification of speech, language and communication delays and disorders and potential risks of late recognition. Language is very crucial to learning, as it’s linked to our thoughts. It enables us to store any information within an organised way. If a child or young person is having difficulties in communicating with others due to having a speech or language delay/disorder. This will cause them to work at a disadvantage due to them being less able to organise their own thoughts process and be able to express themselves. As a child or young person becomes older and the curriculum becomes more demanding, the use of rational and abstract thoughts will become more important. The earlier you get a diagnosis of delayed language acquisition then it’s easier for professional’s aswell as others to target a child or young person’s needs so that they are more able to give support. It’s more beneficial for the child or young person as the early years are a time for rapid learning and development. Children and young people who have a language delay may find it harder to form relationships. As a result of this they may become frustrated. This can lead to them having behavioural problems and then feel isolated. With very young children they will not have the experience to recognise the reason behind their feelings. If an adult is working with a child or young person with a communication delay/disorder they should be sent to do specific training or given some additional support. They should also be given strategies to help them in their work with them. 4.2 Explain how multi-agency teams work together to support speech, language and communication. There are a number of professionals who you will come into contact with when you are supporting a child or young person with...
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