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What works: interventions for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs

This research examined the intervention literature related to children with primary speech and language difficulties. It surveyed speech and language therapists in England and Wales and asked the Communication Trust about oral language interventions that are currently in use in schools in England and Wales.

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The Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) was commissioned as part of the Better Communication Action Plan, the government’s response to the Bercow review of services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

Key to the development of evidence based interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is an awareness of what are already being used. It is then a matter of establishing the available evidence - what works for whom and where?

One theme of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) was identifying the “best evidence” for oral language programmes. The research examined the intervention literature related to children with primary speech and language difficulties. Specifically looking for interventions identified from randomised controlled trials included in the most recent version of the relevant Cochrane Review of interventions for children with speech or language delay/disorder. It also surveyed speech and language therapists in England and Wales and asked the Communication Trust about oral language interventions which are currently in use in schools in England and Wales.

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