How common are language impairments? What does a language impairment actually look like in conversation? How do language impairments affect children and adults at school and at work?  Where can people get help to find a diagnosis and treatment?  What are some practical strategies and tips teachers and parents can employ to help kids with a language delay to reach their potential?

All excellent questions, especially from parents who are worried something might be wrong with their child’s language development.

In 2013, a group of UK-based speech-language pathologists, academics, teachers and – most importantly – children with language impairments and their families, collaborated to create the fantastic RALLI YouTube Channel.  The channel is stocked with great videos answering these – and many other – questions.

I suggest starting here with Professor Dorothy Bishop’s excellent overview.

A full list of videos appears here.

The videos are short, informative and practical. They tackle the hard realities of language impairments head-on. They debunk myths and prejudices, demonstrating, for example, that children with language disorders are not lazy, stupid or disobedient. And they shine a bright light on a “hidden disability” that is more common the autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia.

What I love most about the videos is the opportunity to hear from the children themselves.  Watching Stephanie, Seb and the other children tell their stories – of the obstacles they’ve faced and the progress they’ve made with the right help – is immensely inspiring.

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Banter Speech & Language is an independent firm of speech pathologists for adults and children. We help clients in our local area, including Concord, Rhodes, Strathfield and all other suburbs of Sydney’s Inner West.

Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

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