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Prospective Study

The Better Communication Research Project is funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families until 2012. It is part of a large scale research programme to look at provision for chldren and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). We are seeing children in a large number of schools in and around London.

Who is conducting this project?

The project is organised by Dr Jessie Rickets and Dr Olympia Palikara, researchers at the University of Warwick and Institute of Education who are working with Professor Julie Dockrell, Professor Geoff Lindsay and Professor Tony Charman. Jessie and Olympia are working closely with the schools and children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of them using the contact details below.

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Dr Jessie Ricketts
Centre for Educational Development,
Appraisal and Research (CEDAR)
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Telephone: 07823 541 189
Dr Olympia Palikara
Psychology and Human Development
Institute of Education
25 Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AA
Telephone: 020 7612 6826


What are we trying to find out?

This project will help us to understand teaching and learning for children with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties. We will consider language and communication skills, progress with core subjects at school (literacy and numeracy) and how they behave and interact with other children and adults. We hope that our findings will allow us to identify ways of helping children who struggle with speaking, listening and other forms of communication.

What are we doing?

Jessie and Olympia are visiting children at school. Children are completing short tasks that assess language, literacy, numeracy and behaviour. Jessie and Olympia are also asking parents and teachers some questions, either in person or over the phone.

How will we keep you up to date?

We will keep in touch with you through Newsletters(PDF Document) and through this website.