Detecting Speech and Language Difficulties in Young Children

Speech, language and communication skills are fundamental foundation skills for life. Many children develop these skills appropriately, but others struggle. Research has shown that the earlier any difficulties are identified and subsequently treated, the more favourable the outcome. The stages of speech and language development are the same for all children, but the age children reach these stages can vary. It is not possible to detect a problem when we are unaware of what is deemed “typical” in development.   However, there are some general signs that indicate a delay which should be acted on: A young child who does not respond to their name or who does not make sounds should be seen by a doctor immediately. A child should be referred to Speech and Language Therapy if: by 12months of age they don’t use gestures by 18 months they are not using words and have difficulty understanding basic […]

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Creative Business Leaders Lunch

Speakers Paddy Power, Head of Communications, Paddy Power Bookmakers The communications and mischief marketing expert Paddy Power, will detail his firm’s most successful branding stunts and how they helped Paddy Power become one of the most recognisable names in business. Paddy brings humour and mischief to marketing, making him a very entertaining and memorable speaker.   Derek McGrath, CEO, The Curragh Racecourse A veterinary surgeon by qualification, Derek comes to the position with a strong history of achievement in the sports and leisure sector, most notably as Chief Executive of European Rugby Cup Ltd from 2000 to 2014. In this position Derek had full responsibility for the European Club Rugby competitions, the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. Derek has also represented Ireland at senior international level in rugby. Sonia Deasy, Co-Founder, Pestle & Mortar Skincare Beauty is a notoriously difficult industry to crack, but with solid backgrounds in family […]

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