Specialist provision for language disorder: Staff and service user views of a preschool language unit

Harvey, Hannah and Spencer, Sarah (2019) Specialist provision for language disorder: Staff and service user views of a preschool language unit. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0265-6590

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Language units are specialist educational settings that provide integrated speech and language therapy and curriculum delivery for children with severe language disorders within mainstream schools. This study presents an account of a preschool language unit (PLU) from the perspectives of children with language disorders currently in attendance, their parents, and teaching staff. Six child-led, multi-modal interviews, six parent questionnaires, and interviews with three members of staff were analysed using Framework Analysis (Ritchie et al., 2003). Results showed that staff and parents perceive that attending the PLU positively impacts the children, but raised concerns that accessing PLUs can be difficult due to number restrictions. Children valued play and friendships within the PLU, while parents valued the PLU’s role in supporting communication and socialization. This study offers a unique account of how a PLU supports children with language disorders from the perspectives of children, parents and staff.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0265659019849455
15 April 2019Accepted
23 June 2019Published
Subjects: CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Hannah Harvey
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 16:36
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 17:22
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7647

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