There has been a sharp decline in children’s speech and motor skills since the Covid pandemic. Experts are claiming that the lockdowns prevented children from playing and learning how to communicate.
It is being claimed this morning that one in five children are not meeting expected standards by the age of two-and-a-half, with thousands likely to need speech and language therapy.
According to The Telegraph:
Experts said that repeated lockdowns had left young children without the chance to play and learn how to communicate, setting back their development.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) raised fears that the gaps being witnessed now could widen in coming years, with increasing numbers of children struggling at school because basic skills were never learned.
Assessments show that one in five children are not meeting expected standards by the age of two-and-a-half, with thousands likely to need help such as speech and language therapy.
The figures came amid warnings from speech and language therapists that they are facing increasing demand, with one in three saying referrals have doubled since the pandemic.
Kamini Gadhok, the chief executive of the RCSLT, said its members were “very worried” about the number of toddlers struggling with communication, which is closely linked to later readiness for school and educational attainment.
“The bigger the gap by the time the child is five, the more difficult it is to close,” she said, warning that without early intervention, such children are also far more likely to suffer emotional and behavioural problems.
Therapists are unable to keep up with demand, she said.
Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance, Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock are child abusers. They’re not paedophiles. They are child abusers. They waged a psychological war on the nation’s children.
They knew the harm they were causing to children. They KNEW.
If a layman like me could predict (as I did) when Johnson announced the first lockdown, that it would devastate children, you can be sure they knew that too.
They are child abusers. They should be held to account for their crimes, but they never will be.