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Speech and Language Difficulties in the Classroom, Second Edition

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Although it is difficult to be precise about the incidence of speech and language difficulties, it is clear that there are sufficient numbers to warrant further investigation of the scale of the problem and what can be done to support children with such problems. A systematic review of the literature by Law et al. (2000a) reports prevalence rates of speech and language difficulties in children to be as high as 24.6 per cent. Speech difficulties are one of the most common communication problems in children. It is estimated that 5 per cent of primary school children have speech difficulties (Weiss, Gordon and Lillywhite, 1987) and that 3.8 per cent of children in the USA in the age range 3–11 years old have ‘phonological problems’ (Shriberg, Tomblin and McSweeny, 1999). Based on a study of children referred to a mainstream paediatric speech and language therapy service in the north of England, Broomfield and Dodd (2004) estimate that 48 000 children per year in the UK present with ‘primary’ speech difficulties. The rise of inclusive education policies has resulted in teachers being confronted more than ever before by children with speech and language difficulties in their classrooms (Lindsay et al., 2002), and teachers are reported to be concerned about their level of training in this area (Marshall, Stojanovik and Ralph, 2002).

This blog is dedicated to teachers and educators, in hopes of offering practical strategies that can be readily incorporated into the classroom on any given day despite the rigorous demands of a school schedule. Natural opportunities to encourage speech and language are threaded throughout each day, and my hope is to shed light on these moments. Additionally, I hope to offer guidance in troubleshooting those more challenging moments, and in the end, see our students with speech and language difficulties thrive in the classroom setting.

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A handful of students in your classroom may already be identified as having a speech and language disorder. Other students, however, may remain undetected. Here are common red flags to identify speech and language difficulties within the classroom:

This blog is dedicated to teachers and educators, in hopes of offering practical strategies that can be readily incorporated into the classroom on any given day despite the rigorous demands of a school schedule. Natural opportunities to encourage speech and language are threaded throughout each day, and my hope is to shed light on these moments. Additionally, I hope to offer guidance in troubleshooting those more challenging moments, and in the end, see our students with speech and language difficulties thrive in the classroom setting.