Posted on: Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:28

This conference (my second as chair) went smoothly and was well received.

Thanks to Stephen Parsons, Anna Rhodes and various others  for tweeting on the day, keeping all those unfortunate enough not to be able to attend in the loop.

The day opened with Christine Lenehan and Anne Fox who gave an animated and informative address 'Achieving the best outcomes for children and young people with SLCN in the reformed SEND system.' As at least 5 of the feedback comments said 'effective start the day - got everyone to the same place' and many others felt a 'Breath of fresh air! Open, honest/balanced, passionate and articulate, engaging, clear.'

This was followed by Professor Sue Roulstone with a session entitled ‘Seeking children’s perspectives: Responding to the SEND challenge.’ Many people commented with  ‘Excellent! Thought-provoking and enlightening.’

After some refreshments we then chose workshops from Dr Rosalind Merrick (Speech & Language Therapist and Associate Tutor for the London Institute of Education, University College London), Amy Duck (Speech & Language Therapist), Pip St John (Consultant Teacher SLCN, Language For Life Partnership) and Allison Pickup (Year 4 classroom teacher and Language, Literacy and Communication Leader), Rachel Reid and Nicola Cuthbert-Brown (Paediatric Specialist Speech and Language Therapists) and Linda Lascelles (Chief Executive, Afasic).

There followed a buffet lunch and the GM

The afternoon was run by Marie Gascoigne and some of the schools she has been working with on the Balanced System  for Schools. The comments were very varied but here are  a few:

  • brought the mapping tool to life (2)
  • helped understanding how current practice can be mapped/ gaps identified /systematic (2)
  • Great team of support from participating schools
  • great to have real examples to illustrate how it's going in pilot schools (16)
  • inspiring, lively 92)
  • excellent (3) to explore the power of this tool which celebrates school ownership of desire to improve SDLC in outcomes for themselves in partnership with other workforce
  • new to me that very motivated to find out more about this area

Thanks to all the committee for helping organise this year’s conference – in particular Pip St John who has put together the delegate folders and Derek Burgeon who has assisted in the headache over the finances. We have continued to work with Carol Lingwood who does the technical organisation of the conference so efficiently. We are running at a loss for this conference, a first in my memory, so will need to look at the reasons why and be careful in our planning for next year. However, plans are already under way for a day conference in 2016 at Aston (so the hot mid-day sit down  meal will be back!!!) on April 23rd, so put the date in your diaries.

Glinette Woods (Chair)

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Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 13:27

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.

Posted on: Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 08:26

NAPLIC is now on Facebook! Have a look at our new page here or see our promotion below.

See our Facebook post below to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning a free conference place worth up to £185.

Our conference takes place on 16 May 2015 at the University of Warwick and is titled "SEND reforms and SLCN: Good practice to support children and families"

To be in with a chance of winning a free conference place you need to:

  • Like the post below
  • Like the NAPLIC facebook page
  • Comment on our NAPLIC conference facebook post and tell us what your favourite resource is for supporting children with SLCN
  • Sharing our page is much appreciated but is not a condition of entry

NB: If you have already paid for a conference place, you would not be entitled to a refund but your free conference place could be given to a colleague.

Hurry, entries close Sunday 26th of April at 7pm Winner will be drawn on Sunday evening


***GIVEAWAY!!!***Win a FREE place at our upcoming conference on 16th MayTo enter: *Like this post*Like the NAPLIC...

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Posted on: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 08:37

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information about the Secondary Progression Tools and Cracking the Code.

View the March 2015 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:10

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

Posted on: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 09:36

PhD student, Mrs Billie Lowe is looking for teachers and speech and language therapists in secondary schools to complete her short questionnaire "Word learning in adolescence" as part of her studies.

Mrs Lowe is studying at City University London under the supervision of Prof Victoria Joffe and Dr Natalie Hasson and is investigating word-learning in 11 – 16 year old students with language impairment, in mainstream secondary schools.

The first stage of the research is to find out more about the current practice of teachers and speech and language therapists in secondary schools with regard to teaching vocabulary.

Mrs Lowe is collecting this information through a short questionnaire which will only take around 15 minutes of your time.

If you are able to help with this research, please complete the short questionnaire - and let your colleagues know about it too.

Complete the short questionnaire

Posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 06:41

Early bird booking discount has now been extended for NAPLIC's Conference and AGM 2015.  

The conference, which will be held on 16th May at the University of Warwick, is titled 'SEND reforms and SLCN: Good practice to support children and families'. Speakers include Christine Lenehan (Director, Council for Disabled Children) and Anne Fox (Director, The Communication Trust) Professor Sue Roulstone (University of the West of England and Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit) and Marie Gascoigne (Better Communication CIC).

The conference will also feature a choice of relevant and informative seminars which support recent legislation about working with parents, pupil voice and local offers.

This conference will be of particular interest to teachers and SENCOs, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, advisory teachers for SLCN, educational psychologists and LA Advisors.

Book online now to take advantage of the reduced early bird rate (members £95, non-members £155) until 30th March 2015.

Find out more and book online

Posted on: Monday, March 9, 2015 - 06:42

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information about the Progression Tools video and the launch of the Secondary Progression Tools.

View the February 2015 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 21:04

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information about our Impact Report and the No Pens Day Wednesday evaluation and date for 2015 event.

View the January 2015 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:18

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.