Botswana: More kids with speech problems

June 22, 2017, (Botswana) Speech disorders on the rise in pre-schools The country is experiencing rising cases of speech impairment with the latest studies pointing to a rate of 45.4% among pre-primary pupils with special education, according to a senior statistician in the health ministry. ... In 2001, speech impairments accounted for about 10% of the population living with disabilities in Botswana. The Botswana Society for Human Development (BSHD), a local NGO, plans to convene an array of specialists in the field of speech and communication therapy, educators and other disciplinarians over the weekend to discus communication disorders. BSHD chairperson, Sharon Tshipa said told Mmegi that the numbers were worrying. “0ut of 229 children with special education enrolled in pre-primary schools across the country in 2013, the number of pupils with speech impairments was the highest at 104 followed by those with multiple disabilities,” she said. “With such a high number of young children with speech impairments it is only ideal to explore the concepts of language and speech disorders so as to provide the much needed information to the public, parents and teachers of students and children with learning disorders.”