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NAPLIC News Bites - April 2015

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

The Best Start at Home Report from the Early Intervention Foundation

What works to improve the quality of parent-child interactions from conception to age five years? A rapid review of interventions

Reading scheme boosts children's language skills

Published on 26 March in

An independent study of the two-year pilot programme Early Words Together found that children who took part improved their language comprehension.

Damian's Story - video

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Damian talks about growing up with a speech and language impairment which he refers to as Dysphasia. He recalls his early childhood and the problems he had with talking and with understanding what other people said.

Speechbite - Speech Pathology Database for Best Inventions and Treatment Efficacy

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Keep up to date with recent treatment research in speech pathology. Sign up and speechBITE will send you monthly updates on the newest references added to the speechBITE database. Each update will contain lists of newly added papers across several key speech pathology practice areas.

Early Years Resources from the Communication Trust

The Communication Trust provide various resources to help support your work in the Early Years, including information about children's communication development and how to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs.

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NAPLIC News Bites - January 2015

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

Published by Penny Roy and Shula Chiat, 14 January 2015,

All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately high for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Language and Socioeconomic Disadvantage: From Research to Practice - Briefing Paper

Authors Roy, P., Chiat, S. & Dodd, B. (2014). Language and Socioeconomic Disadvantage: From Research to Practice. London, UK: City University London.

Abstract: Children from low socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds are at disproportionate risk of language delay. Previous research has suggested that basic language skills affected in language impairment may not be affected by SES. These skills may therefore help to distinguish children with language impairment from those with poor language due to limitations of their language environment. The distinction is important since children with language impairment require different types of intervention from disadvantaged children whose inherent capacity for language is intact. In this Briefing Paper, we report findings from our research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which aimed to tease apart external and internal factors involved in language delay in socioeconomically disadvantaged preschoolers, using measures known to be more or less socially biased.

Sleep and Language Survey

Survey by Nebras Baraka, fourth year speech and language therapy student at City University London

Hello, my name is Nebras Baraka, I am a fourth year speech and language therapy student at City University London. Currently I am working on my dissertation on 'the relationship between sleep and Language’ and would greatly appreciate if you can help me with my research by filling out a questionnaire. We would like to see if there is a relationship between specific language impairment and sleep. We will do this by comparing questionnaires filled out by parents of children with language difficulties and parents of children that have normal development.

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NAPLIC News Bites - June 2014

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

Language Impairment From 4 to 12 Years: Prediction and Etiology

Published by Marianna E. Hayiou-Thomas, Philip S. Dale, and Robert Plomin, June 2014, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

The authors of this article examined the etiology of developmental language impairment (LI) at 4 and 12 years of age, as well as the relationship between the 2.

Dyslexia: A language learning impairment

Published by Margaret J. Snowling, June 2014, Journal of the British Academy

Abstract: Without the ability to read fluently with comprehension there is a downward spiral of poor educational achievement and career prospects. Dyslexia is therefore a major problem for society and a key question is whether it is possible to intervene early to ameliorate its impact. Studies following the development of children at family-risk of dyslexia reveal that it is associated with language delays and speech difficulties in the pre-school years before reading instruction begins. Literacy outcomes for children depend not only on the risk factors that predispose to reading difficulties but also on protective factors which mitigate the risk. Together current evidence places dyslexia on a continuum with other language learning impairments.

Children's use of mime shows how language develops

Article by Meredith Jones Russell, Published 11 June 2014,

News article looking at research led by the University of Warwick has examined how four-year-olds, 12-year-olds and adults used gestures to communicate in the absence of speech.

Long-Term Study Suggests Ways To Help Children Learn Language And Develop Cognitive Skills

Research by University of Chicago, published 17 June 2014,

Examining factors such as how much children gesture at an early age may make it possible to identify and intervene with very young children at risk for delays in speech and cognitive development, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago.

Supporting children with speech, language and communication needs: an overview of the results of the better communication research programme

Research by Julie Dockrell, Geoff Lindsay, Sue Roulstone and James Law, published 24 June 2014,

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NAPLIC News Bites - March 2015

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

Speech Language and Communication Needs in schools - Survey

Could you help provide any information on how things have changed since the John Bercow report through this short survey, which will feed into research into stuttering by Julie Dockrell and Peter Howell (UCL). This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Assessing and Teaching Social Skills - 2 day course, 20th and 21st May 2015

Shine Therapy Services Ltd are pleased to be hosting Alex Kelly to present her 2 day social skills course at the SPACE Centre, Preston, Lancashire on 20th and 21st May 2015. Cost is £250 including buffet lunch. This is a practical 2 day course that will give you the skills to assess social skills, to plan where to start work, to know how to teach social skills and then be able to measure the effectiveness of what you have done. Email email for more details or find out more about Shine Therapy at

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NAPLIC News Bites - May 2014

A selection of related articles, news, resources and information from across the web this month.

Improving Talk for Teaching and Learning - EEF Projects - The Education Endowment Foundation

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This programme aims to improve the quality of classroom talk as a means to increasing pupils' engagement, learning and attainment. It will develop and test a training programme which uses video, print materials and in-school mentoring. The approach, termed ‘dialogic teaching’, is based on the belief that the improvement of classroom talk requires attention to the speaking skills of the teacher as well as to children's developing oral capacities. It emphasises dialogue through which pupils learn to reason, discuss, argue and explain as well as merely respond, in order to develop their higher order thinking as well as their articulacy.

5 Apps for Speech and Language Development from Afasic Scotland

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Some really useful (and fun!) mobile and tablet apps that help children play and learn. Please note: The inclusion of these applications in this news article is not endorsement from NAPLIC and does not imply reliability.

Pragmatics abilities in narrative production: a cross-disorder comparison

Published May 2014,

This study aimed to disentangle contributions of socio-pragmatic and structural language deficits to narrative competence by comparing the narratives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; n = 25), non-autistic children with language impairments (LI; n = 23), and children with typical development (TD; n = 27).

Reading and language intervention for children at risk of dyslexia: a randomised controlled trial

Published on 6 May 2014,

This study aimed to quantify the non-hospital healthcare costs associated with language difficulties within two nationally representative samples of children.

Is SLI a useful label - Slides for a talk at Specific Language Impairment SIG in Scotland - Study Day

Published on 16 May 2014,

Presentation by eminent speaker and researcher in the field of SLI - Professor Dorothy Bishop.

Healthcare costs associated with language difficulties up to 9 years of age: Australian population-based study

Published on 17 May 2014,

Intervention studies for children at risk of dyslexia have typically been delivered preschool, and show short-term effects on letter knowledge and phoneme awareness, with little transfer to literacy.

New BabyTalk app from University of Liverpool Child Language Study Centre

Published on 20 May 2014,

The pilot version of this new BabyTalk app is nearly ready to go. Based on the UK-CDI, it allows parents to track their baby's language and get instant feedback about their development. The University of Liverpool Child Language Study Centre need parents of babies aged between 12 and 19 months, who live in north west England, to help them pilot the app. If you are interested in taking part, contact us via the UK-CDI team on

Graduates close nursery quality gap in disadvantaged areas

Article by Catherine Gaunt, published on 28 May 2014,

Employing graduates in PVI nurseries significantly raises quality in disadvantaged areas, according to a new study by Oxford University academics.

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