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A study of the prevalence of language difficulties and speech input defecits in reception age children in mainstream schools and whether these children are known to speech and language therapy services

Easton, A; (2005) A study of the prevalence of language difficulties and speech input defecits in reception age children in mainstream schools and whether these children are known to speech and language therapy services. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Standardised language assessments and a speech input processing assessment were administered to 255 reception age children in mainstream schools in West Sussex LEA in January 2005. Overall prevalence rates of language difficulty (including speech input processing difficulty) were found to be 24%. This figure was calculated using a SD cut off of -1.5 and a failure of 1 or more of the assessments and was found to be a considerably higher prevalence rate than was found in similar previous studies. The gender ratio of children with language and/or speech input processing difficulties was found to be 2.49: 1 males to females and this is comparable to gender ratios in previous studies. Of the children categorised as having a language difficulty by the screening tests administered 37.1% were known to Speech and Language Therapy Services. This percentage was increased to 53.8% when looking only at children who had failed 2 or more of the assessments. Of the children who had only failed SIPc (the speech input processing assessment) and not either of the language tests the percentage known to Speech and Language therapy services was 18.2%.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: A study of the prevalence of language difficulties and speech input defecits in reception age children in mainstream schools and whether these children are known to speech and language therapy services
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566939
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