Over 130 Kerry children waiting for initial speech and language therapy assessment

There are 137 children waiting for an initial assessment for speech and language therapy in Kerry.

That’s according to details released to NewsTalk under the Freedom of Information Act.

Speech and language therapy provides treatment for people of all ages who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.

According to these figures, there are more than 11,300 children nationally, aged between 11-months and 17-years-old, waiting for an initial assessment; 137 of those are in Kerry.

There are 87 children in Kerry awaiting initial therapy; 17 are waiting between four months to a year and a further 70 have been waiting up to four months.

317 young people in this county are waiting for further speech and language therapy; six are waiting between a year and 18 months, 38 are waiting between four and 12 months and a further 273 are waiting up to four months.