Stichting Koninklijke Kentalis
Postbus 7 – Sint-Michielsgestel
More and more children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Europe grow up multilingually / multiculturally. Schools and other educational institutions as well as multidisciplinary diagnostic teams are faced with complex situations when a multilingual child needs to be diagnosed. After the first diagnosis, based on that, choices need to be made: choices for the right (speech) therapy, and for a pedagogical approach in education, to improve language development in all languages the child needs. In addition, professionals need effective methods to involve parents in therapy and rehabilitation. In this project we addressed the diagnostical, pedagogical and didactical challenges of speech and language therapists, psychologists, (specialized) teachers and other members of multidisciplinary teams regarding their needs. Professionals and parents with a child with SLI who grow up multilingual, met each other to search together for a better approach. What is going well nowadays and where can we improve. Five exchange meetings are organized, each in a different partner country. In all the participating countries similar challenges are faced, although the health and educational systems may be different. This project aims to find joint solutions and examples of 'best practice' that can be carried out within the different health and educational systems. Parents have also been invited to participate in this process. The meetings are combined with visits to the field, discussions with parents and exchange with professionals who varied form practitioners to scientists. At the last meeting we organized a congress for professionals and parents to share our results and to update the participants with the latest expertise around this subject. The congress also created a platform to present our Position statement, one of the outcomes of the project.
English, French, Italian
Students, Trainees, Adult learners, Teachers, Trainers, Special Needs