COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Web site launches to aid children with speech difficulties

Two charities have collaborated with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to launch a web site for children with speech and language difficulties.

I Can and Afasic teamed up to create, which provides parents and professionals with information and support on the needs of young people with speech problems.

The site, which goes live on Tuesday, is funded by grants from BT, Lloyds TSB Foundation and the Government. The three parties will contribute a total of £250,000 over two years.

Gill Edelman, chief executive of I Can, said: "Research shows awareness and understanding of speech and language difficulties is low and people find it hard to access information. This new web site aims to fill these gaps and offer parents and professionals the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas."

I Can provides therapy, teaching and care for people and their families with speech and language difficulties. It also offers training to professionals.

Afasic represents children and young adults with speech, language and communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

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