Language Development and Disorders (LDD): research projects

Research studies

Social Communication Intervention Project (SCIP)

Duration of the project

January 2007 to April 2009

Funding body

Nuffield Foundation logo

 The Nuffield Foundation

Members of the project

Dr Catherine AdamsPrincipal investigator
Dr Elaine LocktonInvestigator
Professor James LawCollaborator
Dr Marysia Nash Collaborator
Dr Catherine AldredCollaborator
Dr Janet BaxendaleCollaborator
Professor Jonathan GreenInvestigator
Ms Jacqueline GaileResearch speech and language therapist
Dr Jenny FreedResearch assistant
Mrs Gillian EarlResearch speech and language therapist
Miss Kirsty McBeanResearch assistant

Project details

Children who have pragmatic language impairments (PLI) have difficulty with language comprehension, telling stories and participating in conversations. This can lead to further problems with integrating into the peer group and in keeping up in the classroom. These children typically receive help from a speech and language therapist (SLT) whose role it is to work with the teaching staff and sometimes directly with the child. However, research has not established the most effective method of SLT intervention for these children despite a great demand for this knowledge. In the Social Communication Intervention Project (SCIP) we will study the effects of an intervention programme which has been developed by the Manchester team. Using a number of different measures of language and social functioning we hope to gain evidence for the effectiveness of SLT intervention for these children and obtain a better understanding of the factors within the child which predict success. In addition we will aim to determine what the children, their parents and teachers value about the intervention.

For further details, see: Social Communication Intervention Project (SCIP) website