Intervention in developmental language disorders in Europe

Child talking to a speech and language therapist

Approximately 5.8 million children and young people in Europe have a developmental language disorder (DLD). Scientific knowledge about this issue is often difficult to access. This project has been set up to improve care and education for children with DLD in Europe.

Objective

The aim of this research is to better identify children with DLD and to improve the care and education for these children.

Results

We sent European professionals who work with children with DLD a questionnaire. The first results of the questionnaire were discussed during a Management Committee Meeting on 8 and 9 November 2017. Many of the results from the questionnaire have been included in the book Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Some parts of this project's research are still ongoing.

Duration

17 April 2015 - 12 April 2019

Approach

Sessions have been organised over the four years of the project in which scientists and professionals work together to identify and disseminate knowledge. The questionnaire was distributed in all participating countries among professionals who work with children with DLD. Representatives from all countries met twice a year to discuss the progress of the project and the latest developments in the field.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Ellen Gerrits | Professor | Research group Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication
    Ellen Gerrits
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication
  • Rob Zwitserlood | Researcher | Research group Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication
    Rob Zwitserlood
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication
  • Inge Klatte | Researcher | Research group Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication
    Inge Klatte
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication

Collaboration with knowledge partners

  • Prof. James Law, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom
  • Jan de Jong PhD, University of Amsterdam and Bergen University, Norway
  • Prof. Ellen Gerrits, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Utrecht University
  • European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

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Ellen Gerrits | Professor | Research group Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication

Ellen Gerrits

  • Professor
  • Research group: Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication