Research

Research students

Unfortunately we do not have any funding to assist with individual students or their work. Please see other organisations who may be able to help below.

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.

CATALISE project
On the 8-9 January, Linda Lascelles joined some fellow leaders (researchers, clinicians and stakeholders) to discuss the CATALISE project.

Language difficulties are a common developmental concern yet there is little agreement nationally or internationally about the criteria used to identify such problems in children. I am participating in a study entitled CATALISE (Criteria and Terminology Applied to Language. Impairments: Synthesising the Evidence) using the Delphi method to see if it is possible to achieve consensus among professionals on appropriate criteria for identifying children with significant language difficulties who would benefit from specialist input.

The event began with a talk from Dorothy Bishop, describing the rationale, method and results to-date of the exercise. Linda then led a session examining implications for families and there were other sessions on assessment and identification, implications for policy and considering the implications for speech and language therapists. We closed the day by looking at how other disabilities such as ADHD have worked to address similar issues.

You can find out more about the actual project to-date from the CATALISE web page; information and findings will be forthcoming as the project develops.


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 KiB, 3,431 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.


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.

Victoria Joffe Research Award (52.0 KiB, 14,573 hits)


Exploring Participation
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.


External Research
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.

Research group based in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford


Applying for research study grants
We regularly are approached by research students who are studying for a Masters or PhD who ask us about scholarships or financial help towards their degree. Unfortunately we do not have any funding to assist with individual students or their work.

There are, however, many opportunities for individuals to apply for individual grants through websites such as The Grants Register and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts – both available in university and local libraries – as well as online scholarship databases including Scholarship Search, Find a Masters, Find a PhD, Prospects, Family Action and Postgraduate Studentships.

Useful links
http://www.scholarship-search.org.uk/
http://www.findamasters.com/
www.findaphd.com
www.prospects.ac.uk
http://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/grants/
https://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk/