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, debates and professional surveys during the past years. Afasic will continue its involvement in speech and language impairment research.

The DVD Debate
As we have seen with the SLI Debate, terminology in the field of paediatric speech and language therapy can be a problematic issue. The term DVD (Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia) has been widely used for some time, but has always raised questions. Is it an appropriate term to use for children? Is it ever an accurate diagnosis? Does it even exist?

Over the next few months, we will be featuring a number of contributions from a range of experts with differing viewpoints. In the first article (below) Sean Pert argues that, in most cases, the term ‘Inconsistent Phonological Disorder’ (IPD) more accurately describes children’s difficulties.

Do get in touch to let us know what you think.

Speech disorder in young children by Dr Sean Pert (269.7 KiB, 5,809 hits)

CATALISE project
On the 8-9 January 2016, 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.

An update to the project (dated February 2017) can be viewed below:

CATALISE Phase 2 - February 2017 (946.4 KiB, 1,906 hits)

Intervention Phase
We are looking for SLTs, primarily in the North West due to time constraints, to take part in this phase of the study. SLTs who participate will receive:

  • Training and supervision from the Research SLT – Jacqueline Gaile
  • A copy of the SCIP Manual
  • A chance to be involved in research dissemination via research papers and talks

Please contact if you are interested in the intervention phase of the study.

For more information please visit the Manchester University website.

Please follow us on Twitter: @SCIP_Research #SCIPResearch #SCIPManual

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, 5,881 hits)

Research into former pupils of Dawn House school
A 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.

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