Save the Children’s new report The Lost Boys highlights the scale of the gap in language development between girls and boys before they start school and how this impacts on later literacy attainment.
The report was informed by a study entitled Understanding the Gender Gap in Literacy and Language Development which Save the Children commissioned from the University of Bristol. The study identified that high quality pre-school provision has the best protective effect for boys at most risk of lower attainment in language and literacy.
Afasic’s CEO, Linda Lascelles, commented, “We welcome this report on language delay in the early years, but it is important to remember that for some children, even with the right help, difficulties can continue throughout school and into adult life”.
If you are a parent concerned about your child’s language development then contact our expert staff on the Afasic Helpline on 0300 666 9410.