Posted on 18/05/2012
One child in every reception classroom is affected by a specific language impairment, a little-recognised condition that affects all aspects of life, prompting a group of leading academics to come together and launch RALLI or Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments, a video led campaign to raise awareness.
Specific language impairment (SLI) hinders understanding and expressive language and can impact on how children learn, form friendships and on educational development. Despite how common the condition is, it receives little recognition, with many children and their families missing out on accessing much needed help and support as a result.
To change this, a group of academics, including Dr Courtenay Norbury, Head of the Literacy, Language and Communication Laboratory at Royal Holloway, University of London, have joined forces to launch RALLI. Aimed at children, parents, families and education professionals, it will share video stories based on people’s experiences of SLI and what can be done to help those affected. RALLI has been launched with funding support from Afasic, The Waterloo Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Dr Courtenay Norbury, speaking in the video above, commented: “I would love everyone who watches the RALLI videos to consider how important language is. Imagine if you were not able to understand or express yourself in the way everyone else could and the impact this would have across the whole of your day. So, watch RALLI, then if you like it, pass it on to six of your friends and family. We hope it will change people’s knowledge of SLI for good.”
To find out more about SLI and to watch the launch videos, please go to RALLI’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/rallicampaign