[Source: Huffington Post, UK]
by: Claire Mitchell, Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Teaching Fellow
Specific language impairment (SLI) is so common it affects up to one child in every class and is as common as dyslexia and more common than autism but is barely heard of by the general public.
A group of leading Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) clinicians and academics including: Gina Conti-Ramsden, Professor of Child Language and Learning at the University of Manchester; Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University; Maggie Snowling, Professor of Psychology at the University of York; Dr. Courtenay Norbury, Head of the Literacy, Language and Communication Laboratory at Royal Holloway, University of London; along with Becky Clark, Speech and Language Therapist, have got together to try to raise awareness and to provide some really practical advice and explanation for people in video format on the web www.youtube.com/rallicampaign.
The RALLI campaign to raise awareness is a means of highlighting SLI to the wider community as a whole and to give more recognition to this hidden disability. This is the first time such good quality insight and advice has become available to other professionals such as teachers, parents and children themselves. These accessible video clips clearly explain what SLI is, how it presents and what sort of difficulties these children are likely to