Afasic has been involved in a number of research projects during the past years. Afasic will continue its involvement in speech and language impairment research.
Better Communication Research Programme
The Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) is part of the Better Communication Action Plan, the government’s response to the Bercow Review, published in 2008.
This 1st Interim Report provides information on the work of the BCRP that mainly took place during the period January –July 2010, a period of just seven months of the total programme. During this time the emphasis was on projects that would form the basis for the overall programme but which would also provide some useful interim information.
Better Communication Research Programme - 1st Interim Report (1,010.2 KB, 1,946 hits)
Research into former pupils of Dawn House school
A recent study looks at the long-term outcomes for former pupils of Ican’s Dawn House school – a specialist school for children with speech and language impairments. Generally the young people are leading fulfilling lives and feeling fairly positive about themselves. Read a summary here.
Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience
The Centre has a website which may be useful for professionals and parents.
Funding Award for a Research Project
In 2002, Afasic secured a donation of £10 000 from the Toyne Baby Triathlon for a research competition in speech and language impairment. The award went to Victoria Joffe for research into the benefits of narrative therapy for children with speech and language impairments of secondary school age. A report on the outcome of the research was published in the Afasic Abstract. An article about the project is also available below.
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Language Units Under Threat? – Summary of Responses
Within the space of a few months during spring/early summer 2003, Afasic received several reports of suspected threats to the continued existence of language units. As a result, we decided to appeal to our members and other contacts to let us know what was happening in their area, to enable us to build up a fuller picture of developments around the country.
Promoting Speech, Language and Literacy Development in Young Children
This was a joint Afasic/British Dyslexia Association project carried out in collaboration with the Department of Human Communication Science at University College London funded by GlaxoWellcome plc. The project aimed to:
- Draw together information and research on the relationship between speech, language and literacy difficulties.
- Investigate methods of prevention and early intervention.
- Develop and deliver a resource package and training programmes to professionals and parents based on the research.
The research, by Janet Wood MSc, Jannet A. Wright PhD and Joy Stackhouse PhD, resulted in the publication of the training pack for early years professionals Language and Literacy: Joining Together, which is available from the British Dyslexia Association.
Afasic Scotland was funded by the Scottish Executive to explore the impact of the policy of Participation on children and young people with speech and language impairments. The research sought the views of parents, teachers, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists and young people themselves on the participation of children and young people in the educational decisions affecting them. Exploring Participation, the report about the research can be purchased from Afasic Scotland. It includes examples of good practice cited and resources to aid the participation process.
The Afasic Abstract brings accessible information about the latest developments in research and practice to parents and professionals. It is published on twice a year and is sent to our professional members as part of the membership package. It can also be downloaded from our Members section. The topics it looks at include:
- The nature of communication difficulties.
- Studies of the progress of children with different types of speech and language impairment, or in different provision.
- Evaluations of individual/group therapy and treatment.
- Investigations into the delivery of services by professionals.
- The evaluation of educational provision, including developments towards inclusive education.
The Afasic Abstract is edited by Professor Julie Dockrell, Director of Psychology at South Bank University, and Professor Geoff Lindsay, Director of the Psychology and Special Needs Research Unit at the University of Warwick.
Research into speech and language impairments is also carried out by other organisations. Links to some other current and recent research projects of which we are aware are listed below.
Relevant publications include the following (which can be found on our Publications section):
Children and young people with speech and language impairments in mainstream secondary schools
Principles for Educational Provision
How to identify and support children with speech and language difficulties