29th January - Children need more speech and language therapists

IPPN President says children need more speech & language therapists.

Mr Brendan McCabe, President of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) told over 1,000 members at their annual conference in City West Hotel in Dublin, that speech and language therapists are badly needed for primary school children.

“We have seen an erosion in the amount of time given to these children by speech & language therapists.  Why is this being allowed to happen when we know how effectively their intervention works?”

 

Mr McCabe explained that children with average or higher intelligence and suffer from specific communication problems need an intensive year or two in a specialised Speech & Language Unit with the services of a full time speech and language therapist. This method of support has worked in previous years.

The IPPN President called on the HSE and DES to address the issue as soon as possible.

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