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LibLink: Sarah Teather – Special needs children deserve more

Writing over in The Guardian, Liberal Democrat minister Sarah Teather says:

John Harris writes of the fight he had to simply get the basic support for his autistic child (Special needs kids deserve better than a rush to reform, 21 May). His experience is a story I have heard over and over again. It is precisely this problem that the coalition government is trying to fix…

I also know the system doesn’t work well enough for children with less severe needs either, such as those with unrecognised language difficulties whose frustration in trying to communicate shows up as angry, even criminal, behaviour.

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LibLink | Sarah Teather: Q&A on special needs provision

Children’s Minister Sarah Teather recently took part in an interview followed by a readers’ Question and Answer session for the Guardian about special needs provision:

Sarah Teather, the children’s minister, comes across as genuinely passionate about helping children with special needs. So much so that at one point in the interview, she got quite cross. The health service is failing some of our most vulnerable children, she said. The chance of a child receiving speech and language therapy is “between low and nil”, while the wait for a wheelchair can be “really long”, she said.

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  • User AvatarDuncan Brack 23rd Nov - 6:34pm
    I know I'm two days behind this post, but just for the sake of completeness: Allan - yes, as I'm aware, UK spending on tackling...
  • User AvatarChris Rennard 23rd Nov - 6:24pm
    @Tsar Nicolas You mean 6% in 1989 (not 16%). I have posted in the members' only forum.
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 23rd Nov - 6:09pm
    Thanks all for your lively comments!
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 23rd Nov - 6:06pm
    @Toby you're right, but there are a few things to bear in mind. Some local parties are pretty much beyond help and/or actually put people...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 23rd Nov - 5:56pm
    @Nick and Mark - this is exactly what I'm getting at. A drag and drop menu would be much easier than what we had. If...
  • User AvatarJosh Townsley 23rd Nov - 5:35pm
    Without meaning to stray further off topic.. My Mum used to prefer being called 'girl' (in a nice way of course). My apologies anyway!