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Monday, 12 May 2014

About SLI an article and links

"Children with SLI can be emotionally vulnerable and lacking in confidence due to their daily battle with language, the medium through which all human learning, living and loving operates"

This is a quote from a brilliant article today on SLI on the Telegraph website which is written by Speech and Language therapist Fiona Barry (her details are here:

If you want to do a DLA form and are wondering what to put, it's a great quote to remember. For a child with SLI and/or SCLN, language is a daily battle that permeates all aspects of life.

There are some great tips at the end of the article that I will add here too:
Breaking down instructions into smaller chunks, using short sentences and pausing between sentences to allow the child to process what they have just heard.
• Using pictures, diagrams and demonstration to explain tasks and keeping something visual available for the child to refer back to. • Fostering a safe atmosphere in which asking for help or clarification when needed is socially acceptable among peers.

For more advice try watching videos from the video-led campaign ‘Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments’ (RALLI) which has its own YouTube channel and offers a wealth of advice.

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