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Solicitor speaks out for children.

A Midland solicitor has been appointed the regional representative for a charity that helps children with speech and language disorders.

Mother-owo Mrs Bryony Walker from Bewdley, Worcestershire, is already chairman of the North Worcestershire Local Group of the Association For All Speech Impaired Children (AFASIC).

Her new role with the charity's general council will take in the whole of her home county as well as Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

"Speech and language disorders are truly hidden disorders and are much misunderstood," she said.

"They affect one in ten children and affect every aspect of their lives.

"These children will not only have difficulties with communication, either pronouncing words or understanding what is said to them, but may also have problems with their behaviour and specific learning difficulties.

"There is no magic cure, but providing these children receive the correct therapy, and enough of it, they can make amazing progress.

"Speech therapy must be regarded as an educational need. Without the ability to communicate, these children cannot access education. Language must come before literacy."

Mrs Walker, who works for Morton Fisher Solicitors, in Bewdley, is now one of the few lawyers in the country to specialise in the legal rights of parents and special needs children.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 23, 1998
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