Draft criteria for Language Impairment: Response to DSM-5 draft criteria for Communication Disorders
Courtenay chaired a panel of experts to draft criteria for Language Impairment in response to proposals put forward for DSM-5. Although DSM-5 does not necessarily have a huge impact here in the UK, we feel that it is important for Speech-Language Therapists to have a voice and we hope that if there is consensus on these criteria, there will be a document to which we can all refer in research and in securing specialist support for children with language impairments.
Please view the DSM-5_criteria_7June and for more information visit www.dsm5.org
The Great SLI debate: 31 May 2012
Courtenay took part in a debate at Moor House School discussing what the core diagnostic criteria for language impairments should be, including discussion of issues such as general cognitive ability, pragmatic language impairment and response to intervention. Please leave a comment below if you want to join the debate. Talks can be downloaded here:
Courtenay Norbury, criteria for communication disorders:norbury_may2012
LiLaC: Researcher-practitioner workshops
These workshops are aimed at bringing together researchers and practitioners working in child literacy, language and communication disorders. They are organised by Courtenay Norbury, Mandy Grist, Professional Advisor for I CAN and Jean Wilson, Head of Speech and Language Therapy at Meath School. All meetings are free of charge and open to any professionals working with individuals with Literacy, Language and Communication needs.
The next workshop will be in the Summer of 2013 and details will be posted on our website nearer the time…
Summaries of previous workshops
Summer 2012: Evaluating your Interventions
This workshop was held at Meath School, Ottershaw. We worked in small groups to help practitioners to plan an evaluation of their current therapy work.
Autumn 2012: Language and learning
This workshop was held at Royal Holloway University on Thursday 8th November 2012. Our guest speakers were Dr. Matt Davis from the University of Cambridge and Dr Kathy Rastle from RHUL, and they presented their research investigating how people learn. After a tea break we discussed the implications of their research for education and clinical practice.
At the summer workshop we discussed how practitioners could evaluate their interventions. We were keen to hear how you are getting on and to answer any questions you may have and so we held a drop in the morning.
Summer 2011: Language or Learning Impairment?
Mandy Grist gave an overview of an important new initiative for supporting language and communication skills for all students in secondary schools called ‘Secondary Talk’.
Specific language impairment expert Professor Dorothy Bishop from the University of Oxford then presented her recent work regarding learning in children with language impairments.
After tea, the journal club provided an opportunity to discuss language impairment awareness and research
Autumn 2011: Measuring Social Interaction and Social Communication
Dr Jenny Gibson, SLT, gave a presentation on the Manchester Inventory of Playground Observations (MIPO), detailing the interactions of children with language impairments, autism spectrum disorders and pragmatic difficulties. For journal club, we discussed Henry, Miller, & Nash (2011). Executive functioning in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 37-45. Lively discussion as usual and plenty of delicious cake!
Summer 2010: Research with Schools.
The programme is available here.
Winter 2009: Intervention for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
A summary of the meeting can be found here.
Spring 2009: Making Links: Research and Practice.