Young people with SLI: From compulsory education to adult life

The transition from compulsory schooling to a much more choice-driven adult lifestyle provides an ideal context to investigate the educational and social outcomes of young people with specific language impairment (SLI).

The research team had been working with approximately 200 children with SLI who at 7 years of age were all attending specialist language units across England. This cohort entered their last year of compulsory education in September 2003. The team made use of the existing extensive psychometric and family data they had on the cohort.

In addition, they collected new educational and social data on the cohort and on two control groups: a) a normal control, same-age group with no history of SLI and b) unaffected siblings of the young people with SLI who fall in the age range of 14-18 years.

The aim of the project was to provide information that allowed to predict which young people with SLI are at risk of having educational and social difficulties in adolescence and why. As such the project had particularly important practical and policy implications.

Project details

 

Researcher

Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden, University of Manchester

Funding Programme

Education

Grant amount and duration

£204,007
1 July 2003 - 31 December 2007

Publications

 

Botting, N. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2008)  The role of language, social cognition, and social skill in the functional social outcomes of young adolescents with and without a history of SLI.  British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26, 281-300. Download article (PDF)

Conti-Ramsden, G. & Botting, N. (2008)  Emotional health in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI).  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 516-525. Download article (PDF)

Conti-Ramsden, G., Botting, N. & Durkin, K. (2008) Parental perspectives during the transition to adulthood of adolescents with a history of specific language impairment (SLI).  Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51, 84-96. Download article (PDF)

Conti-Ramsden, G. & Durkin, K. (2007)  Phonological short-term memory, language and literacy: developmental relationships in early adolescence in young people with SLI.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 147-156. Download article (PDF)

Conti-Ramsden, G. & Durkin, K. (2008) Language and independence in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment (SLI).  Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51, 70-83. Download article (PDF)

Conti-Ramsden, G., Durkin, K., Simkin, Z. & Knox, E.  (2009)  Specific language impairment and school outcomes. I: Identifying and explaining variability at the end of compulsory education.  International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 44, 15-35. Download article (PDF)

Durkin, K. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2007)  Language, social behaviour and the quality of friendships in adolescents with and without a history of specific language impairment.  Child Development, 78, 1441-1457. Download article (PDF)

Durkin, K., Simkin, Z., Knox, E. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2009)  Specific language impairment and school outcomes. II: Education context, student satisfaction, and post-compulsory progress.   International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 44, 36-55. Download article (PDF)

Knox, E. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2007)  Bullying in young people with a history of specific language impairment (SLI), Educational & Child Psychology, 24, 130-141. Download article (PDF)

Simkin, Z. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2006)  Evidence of reading difficulty in subgroups of children with specific language impairment.  Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 22, 315-331. Download article (PDF)

Simkin, Z. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2009)  I went to a language unit: Adolescents’ views on specialist education provision and their language difficulties.  Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 25, 103-121. Download article (PDF)

Wadman, R., Durkin, K. & Conti-Ramsden, G. (2008)  Self-Esteem, Shyness and Sociability in Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI).  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 938-952. Download article (PDF)