I HAVE a child with speech, language and communication difficulties (SLCD), which makes everyday life at home and school a real struggle.

As a parent, it is heartbreaking to see your child frustrated and isolated, not able to convey their thoughts and feelings.

When my child's problems first became apparent I found it very difficult to obtain information about SLCD in children.

However, this need no longer be a problem for parents thanks to a new website - www.talkingpoint.org.uk - which has recently been developed by the charities I CAN and Afasic, and The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, with support from BT and the Lloyds Foundation for England and Wales.

This website provides parents and professionals with vital and accessible information, facts and news on children's SLCD, as well as information on children's normal communication development. There is also a comprehensive database of organisations and professionals who can help, which is a great resource if you're a parent like me who didn't know where to turn for answers.

I am delighted to have found such a useful site and I urge all parents to log on to www.talkingpoint.org.uk and take a look.


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