Child Talk: Evidence-Based Intervention for Pre-School Children with Primary Speech and Language Impairment - an exploratory mixed-methods study

Principal Investigator: Professor Sue Roulstone (University of the West of England)

Project Fact File

Start DateJanuary 2011
End DateMarch 2014
Funded by

National Institute for Health Research

Project TeamDr Julie Marshall
Professor Juliet Goldbart
Dr Sue Caton
Ms Elizabeth Lewis
Ms Karen Davies (PhD student)
External Providers and CollaboratorsSLT services in 6 areas of England

Manchester Met Lead

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Project Details

Aims and Objectives

To develop an evidence-based framework to support the decision-making of speech and language therapists as they design and plan interventions appropriate to the needs of individual children with primary speech and language impairments and their families.


Phase one of the project involved interviewing SLTs using focus groups, and through an online survey, to describe their current practice. Early years practitoners were also interviewed about how they work with children with primary speech and language impairment (PSLI). Parents of children with PSLI were interviewed about their views and experiences of SLT. Typically developing children’s responses to usual SLT intervientions were investigated. Parents from communities identified by SLTs as being under–served by SLT services were interviewed to uncover their ideas about language development, delay and interventions. A framework of SLTs’ interventions was developed. A systematic review was undertaken to provide an evidence based which was mapped against the developed framework.


During the project, and particularly towards the end, feedback was given to participants in the form of workshops. Conference presentations and workshops have been given in the UK and internationally. Papers are currently being written and submitted for publication. The final project report was published in August 2015 and can be found here.