An international group of experts (the CATALISE panel) have recommended using the following terms for children with language difficulties:
- Language Disorder for language difficulties that significantly affect children’s lives and are unlikely to just go away
- Developmental Language Disorder for a language disorder that is not associated with conditions such as autism, hearing impairment or Down’s Syndrome
- SLCN (Speech, Language and Communication Needs) to be used by commissioners and others who plan services as a generic term for the broad range of children needing language support
Linda Lascelles, the CEO of Afasic, who was a member of CATALISE said, ‘We hope that achieving this consensus will raise the profile of language difficulties and lead to more children getting the help they need’.
Susan Ebbels, a specialist speech and language therapist at Moor House School and another member of CATALISE has written a summary of the recommendations. You can read it below and please let us know what you think.
New Terminology for Language Difficulties - November 2016 (754.4 KiB, 2,850 hits)