Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:30

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,

Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:25

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes information about the new resources TCT are launching for No Pens Day Wednesday and current vacancies to join the TCT team.

View the June 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 20:35

NAPLIC signs up to the ICP 2014 PledgeNAPLIC has signed up to the International Communication Project 2014 pledge.

The International Communication Project 2014 (ICP) is a collaborative effort and has been developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists, New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association, Royal College of Speech Language Therapists, and Speech Pathology Australia.

Members of the NAPLIC committee sign up to the ICP 2014 pledge

Above: Members of the NAPLIC committee sign up to the ICP 2014 pledge

Read more about the International Communication Project 2014

Visit The International Communication Project 2014 website

Posted on: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:04

The NAPLIC 2015 conference will take place at Warwick University on Saturday 16th May 2015

Find out more about our annual conference

Posted on: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 09:52

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, funded by the Department for Education, has published guidance for schools and local authorities to support implementation of the SEND reforms, for children and young people with literacy difficulties, specific learning difficulties and dyslexia.

You can either view the full guidance or download individual resources.

Find out more and download resources

Posted on: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:08

Our conference 2014 entitled SLI - Outcomes and Impact, held at Aston, Birmingham on 10th was attended by 150 people, at least 90 of whom were Naplic members as seen by the attendance at the AGM in the middle of the day.

The conference opened with Marie Gascoigne introducing The Balanced System Scheme for Schools. Naplic is supporting this and has given a grant to assist with the development of the specialist stage.

This was followed by Anne Hayward, who shared her experiences in a lively and thought provoking way, of working in a variety of establishments and settings to measure the impact of therapy and interventions.

Between Refreshment and Lunch delegates were entertained by a very hands on demonstration of how to engage learners via story telling given by Pam Cosh and Charley Bamford from Meath School, followed by a pertinent account of the support service in Surrey given by Cheryl Dyer and Belinda Griffin.

Lunch was an absolutely delicious 2 course buffet and an exhibition of resources was available throughout the day.

The day continued with a description from Yvonne Wren of the What Works database, including how resources are rated and how we can add to the database.

Mary Hartshorne then gave a lively and informative session on measuring impact, the pitfalls and solutions. Naplic’s President, Kate Ripley, concluded the day with a question and answer plenary session.

The whole day ran smoothly thanks to a dedicated committee who work brilliantly as a team, and thanks also to the friendly and helpful venue staff. Feedback has been very positive and emails have been flying ever since with ideas and suggestions, queries and comments.

All in all, a fruitful day, full of food for thought as well as excellent food for the mouth! Next year, the conference will focus on the Balanced System Scheme for Schools. Marie asked for pilot schools who will begin using the system in September 2014 so there will be plenty to report.

Glinette Woods (Chair)

Find out more about NAPLIC conferences

Posted on: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 14:32

SEND GatewayThe new SEND Gateway from Nasen is an online portal offering educational professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.

View the SEND Gateway


Posted on: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 09:26

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library Over 1.5 million academic articles are available, free of charge, in participating public libraries across the UK.

Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world’s best academic papers through their local libraries, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free.

Find out more about Access to Research

Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 11:25

The Communication Trust The latest TCT newsletter includes an update on the SEN Reforms, details about where TCT are going to be the next couple of months and information about the SEND pathfinder champions.

View the May 2014 TCT Newsletter

Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 09:22

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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