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Current evidence base for school-aged children with DLD - CPD event

Posted by | Ailish Lynch | Date: 11 Jan 2018 | 10:28am
CPD Masterclass: The current evidence base for school-aged children with Developmental Language Disorder


Date:                           This is a one day training course on 19th February 2018.

Location:                   Training will take place in Portlaoise, venue TBC.


There are 100 places available on this course.  Priority will be given to IASLT members and members of the DLD Special Interest Group. 

Course Background:

An update on the current evidence base for intervention for school-aged children with language impairments.  It will focus predominantly on comprehension and production at the word (vocabulary and word-finding), sentence (sentence construction and comprehension of sentences) and narrative level.  It does not focus on articulation, phonology, literacy, phonological awareness, pragmatics or social skills.

Course schedule:

-          Tips for appraisal of research evidence – how to efficiently judge reliability

-          Studies which contrast the effectiveness of different methods and agents of delivery

-          A possible model for delivery of school-aged services is provided along with a flowchart showing how an individual child could move through the system

-          The evidence for different intervention approaches to improve:

o   Sentence production and comprehension

o   Narrative

o   Vocabulary and word finding

-          Self-reflection: Do I need to make changes in my practice in the light of the current research evidence I have reviewed today?


This workshop is delivered by Dr Susan Ebbels.  Dr Ebbels is a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Development Coordinator at Moor House School & College.  She devised the Shape Coding by Susan Ebbels® system to help school-aged children with language impairments improve their understanding and production of English grammar.  She has carried out many intervention studies, is on the editorial board of Child Language Teaching and Therapy and acts as a specialist advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. 


Registration Fee (includes a light lunch):

IASLT Member fee:                                                  €60

DLD Special Interest Group member fee:            €75     

Non-Member of DLD SIG or of IASLT                 €150


To apply:

Please complete application form at the link below:

Waiting list:


Applications will open at 11am on Tuesday 16th January 2018

All places will be confirmed on Thursday 18th January 2018


Terms and Conditions:

  1. IASLT members and non-members are welcome to attend.

  2. The registration fee must be paid in full on confirmation of your place.

  3. Booking deposits are non-refundable.

  4. The full cost of the course is payable in advance of the training

  5. In the event of a cancellation, applicants must give IASLT 72 hours’ notice. 

  6. Failure to give at least 72 hours’ advance notice of non-attendance will result in 50% of the course cost being retained by IASLT.

  7. Failure to give any notice of non-attendance will result in the entire course cost being retained by IASLT.



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