Hello to the national year of communication

Hello is the national year of communication – a campaign to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.

In the UK today, over 1 million children and young people have some form of speech, language and communication need. This can affect them severely and for life. In areas of poverty, over 50% of children start school with delayed language skills. This puts them at a huge disadvantage to their peers as they struggle to learn and make friends.

The Hello campaign will provide parents and professionals with a range of information and resources that will build greater awareness of children and young people’s communication milestones and how to spot if they are struggling. Milestone posters, easy to understand publications, ‘ages and stages’ booklets and top tips leaflets are be available from www.hello.org.uk.

The campaign is run by The Communication Trust, a coalition of 40 leading voluntary sector organisations in partnership with Jean Gross – the Government’s Communication Champion. BT and Pearson Assessment are sponsoring Hello and the campaign is backed by the Department for Education and the Department of Health.

Please visit www.hello.org.uk for information on how you can help improve the communication skills of children and young people and to sign up for regular updates. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter and facebook.

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