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Law, James; Clegg, Judy; Rush, Robert; Roulstone, Sue; Peters, Tim J. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2019
Background: An association between social disadvantage and early language development is commonly reported in the literature, but less attention has been paid to the way that different aspects of social disadvantage affect both expressive and receptive language in the first 2 years of life. Aims: To examine the contributions of gender, parental…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Income
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McKean, Cristina; Law, James; Laing, Karen; Cockerill, Maria; Allon-Smith, Jan; McCartney, Elspeth; Forbes, Joan – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2017
Background: Effective co-practice is essential to deliver services for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The necessary skills, knowledge and resources are distributed amongst professionals and agencies. Co-practice is complex and a number of barriers, such as "border disputes" and poor awareness of respective…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Social Capital, Cooperation
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Law, James; Reilly, Sheena; Snow, Pamela C. – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2013
Background: Historically speech and language therapy services for children have been framed within a rehabilitative framework with explicit assumptions made about providing therapy to individuals. While this is clearly important in many cases, we argue that this model needs revisiting for a number of reasons. First, our understanding of the nature…
Descriptors: Children, Speech Language Pathology, Therapy, Communication Problems
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Adams, Catherine; Lockton, Elaine; Freed, Jenny; Gaile, Jacqueline; Earl, Gillian; McBean, Kirsty; Nash, Marysia; Green, Jonathan; Vail, Andy; Law, James – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: Children who show disproportionate difficulty with the pragmatic as compared with the structural aspects of language are described as having pragmatic language impairment (PLI) or social communication disorder (SCD). Some children who have PLI also show mild social impairments associated with high-functioning autism or autism spectrum…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Outcome Measures, Intervention, Speech Therapy
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Beecham, Jennifer; Law, James; Zeng, Biao; Lindsay, Geoff – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: There are few economic evaluations of speech and language interventions. Such work requires underpinning by an accurate estimate of the costs of the intervention. This study seeks to address some of the complexities of this task by applying existing approaches of cost estimation to interventions described in published effectiveness…
Descriptors: Speech Language Pathology, Intervention, Cost Effectiveness, Unit Costs
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Law, James; Zeng, Biao; Lindsay, Geoff; Beecham, Jennifer – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2012
Background: Although economic evaluation has been widely recognized as a key feature of both health services and educational research, for many years there has been a paucity of such studies relevant to services for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), making the application of economic arguments to the development of…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Research, Intervention, Children
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Mackie, Leila; Law, James – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Introduction: The relationship between mental health, behaviour and language development is widely recognized in the literature. Recent advances in assessment tools allows one to consider the role of pragmatic language skills in this co-occurrence. Aims: This pilot study aimed to investigate (1) the level of association between pragmatic language…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Cognitive Ability, Pragmatics, Interaction
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Lindsay, Geoff; Dockrell, Julie; Desforges, Martin; Law, James; Peacey, Nick – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Background: The UK government set up a review of provision for children and young people with the full range of speech, language and communication needs led by a Member of Parliament, John Bercow. A research study was commissioned to provide empirical evidence to inform the Bercow Review. Aims: To examine the efficiency and effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Communication Problems, Interviews, Special Needs Students
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Law, James; Huby, Guro; Irving, Anne-Marie; Pringle, Ann-Marie; Conochie, Douglas; Haworth, Catherine; Burston, Amanda – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2010
Background: It is widely accepted that service users should be actively involved in new service developments, but there remain issues about how best to consult with them and how to reconcile their views with those of service providers. Aims: This paper uses data from The Aphasia in Scotland study, set up by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Aphasia, Human Services, Speech Therapy