Symbol welcomes landmark research and joins calls for all those who work with children to make communication their business

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As a member of the Communication Trust, a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication, Symbol welcomed the publication of the Better Communication Research Programme on 27th December 2012, the most significant investment to date in research into the needs of and services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and their families.

Anne Fox, Director of The Communication Trust, said; “This landmark research is to be welcomed by all those and committed to supporting children and young people who struggle with communication. This significant investment in research now needs to be brought to life in the places where children spend their days”.

Symbol is particularly pleased that the views of children and young people were included in the research and strongly welcomes the report’s recognition that speech and language provision should be linked to each child or young person’s needs, which change over time, rather than to their diagnosis.

More information is available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/better/