Child language disability: implications in an educational by Kay Mogford-Bevan, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dept.

By Kay Mogford-Bevan, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Dept. of Speech, Sunderland Education Authority

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Corinne Haynes is Head Speech Therapist at Dawn House School for children with severe specific language disabilities where she has worked in close co-operation with teachers and other professionals. She has also carried out research in a number of areas related to the helping of children with specific language disabilities. Joy Stackhouse is a speech therapist and psychologist who has specialised in research and professional practice in children's spoken and written language disorders. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Speech Therapy at Birmingham Polytechnic and an advisor for the College of Speech Therapists on developmental language disorders.

Time and energy can be saved if this experience is shared with those involved in a similar endeavour. We may be able to improve practice by reflecting critically on it and then developing and experimenting with the model that has been described. The following papers are offered as a stage in this process. References American Psychiatric Association, 1987, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 3rd edn revised. : American Psychiatric Association. L. E. 1984, Preschoolers with language disorders; ten years later.

This child's difficulties have always been apparent. As the gap between chronological age and language ability widens, he becomes increasingly unable to cope. The language problems become compounded by learning difficulties and social and emotional problems. All of these children deserve skilled specific help. The child in the third category may eventually receive special provision although this may not occur until he has been struggling unaided, for some time, in a mainstream class. However, children in the first two categories may well not get Page 11 any special help other than that provided by a concerned classroom teacher.

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