Population approaches to identification, prediction and outcomes of children with lasting language impairment
Penny Levickis is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. After developing a novel mechanism for the rigorous coding of a large number of parent-child interactions as part of her PhD, she demonstrated that specific maternal linguistic behaviours predict preschool language outcomes in a community-based sample of slow-to-talk toddlers. She is now extending this work to examine the extent to which maternal responsive behaviours may be measured in addition to the traditional use of low language status in the early years to identify those children most at risk of persistent language impairment. Penny and colleagues are also following up a large community-based cohort of children as they turn 9 years of age to develop a risk chart for health professionals to use as a method of predicting absolute risk of lasting language impairment.
During the afternoon other members of the team at BSLTRU will present other ongoing research about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
Venue: Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit, Frenchay Hospital (Yes -this will be one of the last events in the research unit) Bristol BS16 1LE.
There will be a small charge of £10, payable on arrival to support our costs. Please contact Fay.Smith@speech-therapy.org.uk for further details and register here.
Details of presentations below.