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Research has shown that in some areas 50% or more children have delayed speech and language skills when they enter school, and 10% (2-3 in every classroom) have long term communication difficulties. ICAN Talk Issue 2: 2006
Early speech, language and communication difficulties are a very significant predictor of later literacy difficulties Snowling 2006.
“At six years there is a gap of a few months between the reading age of children who had good oral language at five, and those who had poor oral language skills at five. By fourteen, this gap has widened to five years difference in reading age.” Hirsch 1996
Language Link includes many resources for working on vocabulary skills, including semantic linking activities, association and categories games.
Socially disadvantaged children can catch up with other children in language skills after just 9 months if their teachers are trained to have the right kind of conversations with them. Hank and Deacon 2008
7-11 year old children with poor reading comprehension made more progress in reading when provided with an intervention to develop oral language than when given an intervention directly targeting reading comprehension skills Snowling 2010