Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (256)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

256. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the introduction of new in-school speech and language services. [9789/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Programme for a Partnership Government states that a new model of In-School Speech and Language Therapy will be established. 

Budget 2018 provided an additional €2M to introduce a pilot/demonstration project for in-school Therapy services in 2018.

The demonstration project will develop and test a model for the delivery of in school speech and language and occupational therapy support, in a defined regional area, across a range of schools, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and supplementing existing HSE therapy services.

The pilot will focus on developing greater linkages between educational and therapy supports.

I will be announcing further details in relation to the project in the near future.