In this month’s newsletter we focus on specific language impairment (SLI) and related issues.There has long been confusion about the label of SLI which can lead to problems for families and children in accessing appropriate services. Often this is due to inconsistent use of terminology to describe a child’s needs.
Consensus in terminology is crucial; more than a million children in the UK struggle because they have SLI. Consequently, we are proud to be part of an international expert panel (CATALISE), seeking to gain some agreement on the terminology used. The project has recently suggested we use the term ‘language disorder’ to describe these difficulties.
As we learn more from the latest research into the characteristics of these difficulties, we will continue our work to ensure that everyone understands language disorder and that children, young people and their families have their difficulties correctly identified and supported. I hope you find the following related articles of interest.
Bob Reitemeier CBE, Chief Executive.
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