The current evidence base for speech interventions: Translating research into practice.

Thursday, 17 October '19   9:45am - 4pm
thestudio... 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

An update on the current evidence base for intervention for children with developmental speech disorders. We will focus on work on phonology, articulation and phonological awareness, and recent evidence on interventions for childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Best practice recommendations for transcription and analysis will be included, as will the management of bilingual children with speech sound disorders. In light of all this, we’ll also discuss service delivery options – current and future.

A day for speech and language therapists to reflect on their own practice in the light of the evidence presented and to consider what changes they may wish to make as a result. Come along with an open mind and leave your preconceptions at the door.

Course Topics

  • Tips for finding and appraising relevant research evidence
  • A short reminder of frameworks for diagnosis
  • Service delivery – what we currently do
  • What the evidence tells us about intervention choices relating to: speech target selection, what level to work at (‘listening, thinking or saying’), who provides therapy, and ‘dosage’
  • Evidence for interventions for children with CAS and inconsistent phonological disorder
  • Bilingual children with developmental speech disorders
  • Studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of different methods and agents of delivery
  • Translating research into practice: should you, and how could you make changes in your practice in the light of the research evidence we’ve reviewed today?

More information

Presented by Dr Anne Hesketh.

Dr Hesketh has over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, research and teaching. She is a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, teaching courses on clinical linguistics and developmental speech sound disorder. Anne has a strong interest in the application of research to therapy; her PhD topic was the effective practice of Speech and Language Therapy, and she is a member of the UK and Ireland Child Speech Disorder Research network. Anne has worked on funded intervention research for both adults and children and has published widely on speech sound disorder, the assessment of people with communication disorder, and the evaluation of therapy.

The day includes a 2-course lunch, a comprehensive pack of handouts and certification for CPD purposes.

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7 Cannon Street
B2 5EP