Posted on: Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:47

The Whole School SEND Consortium are running their first Summit on 23rd February 2017 at The Crystal, hosted by The London Leadership Strategy.

The Whole School SEND Summit will bring together new and established voices to discuss SEND in an innovative and discursive format. The aim is to utilise the experience and expertise of everyone in the room - school leaders, teachers, SENDCos, parents, young people and third sector organisations - in order to develop thinking and practice in SEND, and create a lasting, collaborative community dedicated to improving outcomes for children with SEND.

Attendees will:

  • Contribute to and learn from a series of quickfire table discussions on key issues in SEND provision, led by practitioners including Principal of Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre Vijita Patel, Director of SEND at the London Leadership Strategy David Bartram OBE, and Director of Education at National Education Trust Simon Knight
  • Access a showcase of educational tools and services from some of the leading SEND organisations in the UK, all of whom will be offering part or all of their service for free
  • Input to significant SEND projects in the later stages of their development, including the MITA project led by Rob Webster and UCL and the SEND Review tool for classroom teachers developed by Simon Knight and National Education Trust
  • Have the opportunity to troubleshoot questions and dilemmas during our lunchtime surgeries - one on one, confidential chats with experienced SEND practitioners
  • Hear from the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families Edward Timpson, MP
  • Join a trusted network of SEND experts, supported by a lasting online platform which members can use to share expertise and best practice, ask for support, access resources and contribute to the development of ongoing SEND projects and practice

Together we will strive to unlock solutions and cascade good practice in SEND provision.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite:

Posted on: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:39

The It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Certification workshop takes place in London on Feb 13-15, 2017.

This 3-day workshop is for Speech-Language therapists who work with young children with language delays (birth to 5 years) and their families. With hands-on interactive training, you’ll learn effective, research-based strategies for involving parents in the early intervention process to ensure the best possible outcomes for their child. When you take It Takes Two to Talk, you will be certified to lead It Takes Two to Talk - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delay.

Space is Limited and these workshops fill quickly!

For more information or to register:

Posted on: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:25

Bercow 10 years on

Reviewing support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs: your views are needed

Bercow: Ten Years On is a review of support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England being conducted by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

As part of this project, I CAN and the RCSLT have launched an inquiry. The Bercow: Ten Years On project team are inviting individuals and organisations to contribute. There are two ways to take part:

  • Submit written evidence sharing experiences of the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families and the impact of this on outcomes for children and young people.
  • Complete a short online survey into the support children with SLCN are getting, and the scale of the issue.

The review has launched the first phase of evidence gathering, seeking evidence on the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families, and the impact of this on outcomes.

This phase of evidence gathering will run between 16th January and 16th March 2017. This first phase is aimed mainly at people who work with children with SLCN, or who have responsibility for providing services. However a wide range of stakeholders are invited to engage with their call for written evidence, this includes:  

  • Practitioners: individuals who work with children and young people in a range of settings, such as advisory teachers and teaching assistants, early years practitioners, youth offending teams and speech and language therapists.
  • Parents, carers and children and young people
  • Service managers, commissioners, decision-makers and employers who have an interest in children’s speech, language and communication skills.
  • Experts such as academics and charitable organisations who have specialist expertise regarding SLCN and wider support.

You can contribute in two ways: complete a short 10 minute online survey about the support children with SLCN are getting and the scale of the issue, and submit written information sharing your experiences of the reality of SLCN support and information for children, young people and their families through the more detailed inquiry. Watch out for phase two when they will be seeking the views of parents, carers and young people.

For more information e mail or visit the Bercow: Ten Years On website.

Posted on: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:07

More details have now been released for NAPLIC's 2017 conference.  The conference, which takes place on Saturday May 6 2017 at Aston University, Birmingham is entitled "The impact of language on behaviour, mental health and wellbeing in children and young people".

Key Notes

Pamela Snow: La Trobe University, Australia
Communicating, feeling, and behaving: Lessons learned from vulnerable children and adolescents

Judy Clegg: Sheffield University
Communication Needs of Vulnerable Children and Young People: Are we doing enough?

Confirmed speakers

Melanie Cross
Attachment, interaction and language: A Video Interaction Guidance nursery project

Debbie Gooch: UCL
Language influences parent/teacher ratings of ADHD

Alice Jones Bartoli, Goldsmiths, University of London
Language and Behaviour: Insights from students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Liz Lord, University of Oxford
Mindfulness and resilience in adolescence (title TBC)

Caroline Bowen:
Fad, fashionable and fruitful interventions for children with developmental disorders: How do I choose? (with P Snow)

PLUS: UK exclusive book launch
‘Making sense of interventions for children with developmental disorders’ by Caroline Bowen and Pamela Snow

Find out more and book online now

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 12:05

The NAPLIC Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 6 May 2017 Conference Aston Meeting Suites, Aston University, Birmingham

Confirmed speakers include Pamela Snow, Debbie Gooch and Caroline Bowen. The conference will be of interest to teachers and SENCOs, teaching assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, advisory teachers for SLCN, educational psychologists and LA Advisors

Book online now

Member Booking Early Bird - £95
Non Member Booking Early Bird - £155

Posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 09:08

NAPLIC 2017 Conference will be on Saturday May 6th at Aston University in Birmingham.

The title this year is 'The impact of language on behaviour, mental health and wellbeing in children and young people.'

Join now to get the heavily discounted members rates.

Book online now

Member Booking Early Bird - £95
Non Member Booking Early Bird - £155

Posted on: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 05:55
Nathaniel Swaine is coming to London from Melbourne Australia and will be delivering a free lecture on Mon 12 December 2016 (doors at 5:30pm, presentation starts at 6pm).
The event will take place at Room ELG01 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB and is joint initiative by NAPLIC and City, University of London (Language and Communication Science)
Nathaniel is a Postgraduate Scholar undertaking a language and literacy intervention project for young offenders with communication disorders. He is also the winner of this year’s University of Melbourne Three Minute Thesis Competition, and Runner-Up at the Asia Pacific Final.

Nathaniel conducted empirical single case intervention studies with six young offenders in Victoria, Australia. There were medium-large improvements in the targeted communication skills, many of which were statistically significant. This research provides the most rigorous evidence to date of the effectiveness of one-to-one speech and language therapy for young offenders. These results indicate that, despite significant barriers, there are immense opportunities for effective and responsive SLT services with young offenders.

Register now

Posted on: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 05:57
The Communication Trust are currently looking for a new member to join the What Works Moderating Group
What Works is a moderated online library of evidenced interventions aiming to support children’s speech, language and communication. It enables users to make evidence informed decisions and encourages practitioners to share their own experiences of interventions in practice.
The Moderating Group play an important role in steering the development of What Works and setting criteria for inclusion.
If you are interested, view the role description (PDF) which includes details on how to apply. Deadline is Dec 1st. Find out more information about What Works on the Communication Trust's website.
Posted on: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:40

Susan Ebbels has released an informative summary on Development Language Disorder (DLD), the new name for Specific Language Impairment.

Download the summary

Posted on: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:55

Specific Language Impairment's new name is Development Language Disorder or DLD.

 Dorothy Bishop has announced the new name as the outcome of the consultation exercise 'CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development. Phase 2. Terminology'

Report background:

"Lack of agreement about criteria and terminology for children’s language difficulties affects access to services as well as hindering research and practice. We report the second phase of a study using an online Delphi method to address these issues. In the first phase, we focused on criteria for language disorder. Here we consider terminology."

Read the report