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Projects completed in 2002

EDUCATIONAL PROVISION FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES IN ENGLAND AND WALES

Researchers: Geoff Lindsay and Clare Mackie, together with Julie Dockrell and Becky Clark (ULIE) (Psychology and Special Needs Research Unit)

Funded by The Nuffield Foundation, this study was directed by Professor Geoff Lindsay and Professor Julie Dockrell, Psychology and Special Needs, University of London, Institute of Education, with Clare Mackie (CEDAR) and Becky Clark (ULIE) as research officers. It built upon a study funded by the DfEE during 1999-2000 directed by Dr James Law (City University), Professor Geoff Lindsay, Nick Peacey (ULIE) and Marie Gascoigne (City) – also described on this website. The present study comprised an initial survey of LEAs to gain information on provision made for children with specific speech and language difficulties. This may be made within language units/schools or other designated provision, or in a variety of other types of provision (e.g. schools for children with moderate learning difficulties). The aim was to map out the provision and thus to investigate practice at the school level. Methodology comprised national surveys and individual interviews with heads of speech and language therapy services, LEA special needs services, and the heads of schools and units/integrated resources providing for children with SSLD.. The project ended in December 2001, and a report has been made available price £10. The implications of the study for practice were discussed at a seminar hosted by the Nuffield Foundation on 24 October 2002.