New Publication: Early Speech and Language Matters

27 Feb 2013 in Featured, Research, Publications

Early Speech and LanguageEnriching the communication environment and language development in early childhood

Early Speech and Language Matters is a new publication from Barnardos aimed at anyone working with young children. It provides up-to-date theory and research in relation to the development of speech, communication and language in early childhood and examines how this development is the foundation for all later learning. It gives practical guidance to early childhood educators on how they can support early speech, communication and language development, and outlines the links with national documents such as Síolta, Aistear and The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

Early Speech and Language Matters demonstrates the importance of the home learning environment and the importance of sharing reciprocal information on children’s learning with families. It also gives guidance on what to do if there are concerns about a child’s speech, language and communication development, how to address those concerns, and how to support children while waiting for speech and language therapy.