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Specific Language Impairment (SLI): The Internet Ralli Campaign to Raise Awareness of SLI

Gina Conti-Ramsden
  • Communication and Deafness, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
  • :
/ Dorothy V. M. Bishop
  • University of Oxford
/ Becky Clark
  • Independent Speech and Language Therapist, Surrey
/ Courtenay Frazier Norbury
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
/ Margaret J. Snowling
  • University of Oxford
Published Online: 2014-08-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/plc-2014-0011

Abstract

In this short article, we discuss what is specific language impairment (SLI) and why it is a hidden disability that few people have heard about. We describe the impact on research, policy and practice of SLI being a neglected condition. We end by providing the background and rationale of a new internet campaign, RALLI (www.youtube.com/rallicampaign), aimed at changing this state of affairs and raising awareness of SLI.

Keywords: Specific Language Impairment (SLI); awareness; internet; youtube

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Published Online: 2014-08-28

Published in Print: 2014-08-01


Citation Information: Psychology of Language and Communication. Volume 18, Issue 2, Pages 143–148, ISSN (Online) 2083-8506, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/plc-2014-0011, August 2014

© by Gina Conti-Ramsden. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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