and this tweet from ABSALT Clinic:
ABSALT Clinic @ABSALTClinic
This prompted a twitter conversation with ABSALT Clinic who are a private speech and language clinic in Northern Ireland who were brilliant in covering some of my most asked questions, I'm posting the conversation below:
Me: As a parent of kid with SLI I know it is more common than Autism but most parents I meet have kids w/ASD and few with SLI - why do you think this is?
ABSALT Clinic: Severe SLI may be more obvious but not always understood. Awareness & recognition of SLI is improving in schools, Also, is there an acceptance that in a class of 30 some childen will struggle & so their difficulties are not flagged?
Me: my daughter was severely affected but expect a lesser problem with SLI could be seen as general slow development/behaviour problem
ABSALT Clinic: and #DifferentialDiagnosis are crucial in identifying #SLI. Also, many cannot go down the private route for support
Me: and I couldn't afford actual slt only initial assessment
ABSALT Clinic: Yes, I see firsthand the burden it is for many parents who come for private SLT. Sometimes it's the only way to get access. Our SLT colleagues in the community services are slammed & being asked to do more with less & are under huge pressure too
What more can we do to raise awareness and campaign for better SLT?