EARLY YEARS SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

A dedicated learning space for Speech and Language Therapists supporting young children with co-occurring features of Speech Sound Disorder (SSD) and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

Aims:

1) Provide 'easy access' to clinically relevant research 

2) Provide a designated learning space for SLTs to problem solve, ask questions and share best practice

3) Involve SLTs in the development of a novel intervention for this group

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This website has been funded with the kind support of a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) minor grant.

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DLD AND UNDER 5S

Uncertain about identifying DLD, or risk of DLD, in under 5s?

Check out this excellent presentation from Dr Susan Ebbels, hosted by the RCSLT.

 

WHY CONSIDER 'CO-OCCURRING' SSD AND DLD?

Young children with features of Speech Sound Disorder (SSD) or Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)  are sadly more at risk of long term literacy, communication and wellbeing difficulties than their peers.

However, research indicates that young children with co-occurring SSD and DLD features are at an even higher risk of long term literacy and communication needs. This persistence has a 'knock on' effect in many important areas of life, such as educational attainment. 

Children with this dual presentation are not a small minority within early years Speech and Language Therapy clinical services; a recent study found that 40.8% of four year olds with SSD also demonstrate DLD features. 

However, current evidence based interventions tend to be developed to target either SSD (speech) or DLD (language) in the early years. This excludes this vulnerable group from accessing a range of evidence based interventions which are specifically developed to meet their dual clinical profile

 
 

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!


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