Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia Service: meeting the needs of children and young people more effectively

NICE Quality and Productivity Case Studies
NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent
Publication date:
17 January 2014


To more effectively meet the needs of Children and Young People with developmental verbal dyspraxia (DVD). DVD is a rare speech disorder and management of cases is not currently standardised across the UK. Cases are significantly different in terms of their presenting characteristics.

The aims of this initiative are:

  • To enable Children and Young People to express themselves as clearly as possible by improving their speech performance and clarity by providing an intensive therapy based on research and clinical experience. Improved speech clarity would enable and/or facilitate their access to the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, reduce frustration and promote wellbeing.
  • To offer an effective approach to Children and Young People with DVD both clinically and financially. An in-service evaluation report (Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia Specialist Service: Evaluation Report, December 2010) supported the view that the DVD service provides greater clinical effectiveness by resolving difficulties sooner and results in financial savings when comparing it to the department’s previous service model.
  • To reduce barriers to access by taking the service to the users (i.e. home, school, nursery) and offering flexibility. The neighbourhood encompasses rural and urban areas, making it difficult at times for the service users to access community clinics.
  • To increase the level of satisfaction with the service delivered to service users, carers, schools and nurseries.
  • To assist parents and schools in supporting the needs of their children in a collaborative way.