Understanding the Causal Pathways for Persistent Speech Disorder

This project is a programme of work which will investigate factors in young pre-school children which are associated with persistent speech disorder (PSD) in children aged 5 and above. The intention is to provide clinicians with information to prioritise resources for those at high risk for PSD and subsequent poor life outcomes and reduce unnecessary intervention for those who resolve early.
Three studies are planned as part of the programme: the first will use existing data from a longitudinal prospective population study (ALSPAC); the second will collect new data within a cohort study of children with cleft palate (The Cleft Collective), a group who are at high risk of PSD; and the third will use qualitative techniques to develop and pilot an assessment protocol which will provide data on level of risk plus facilitate the collection of national outcomes. Factors which will be collected and analysed will include those relating to the child's environment, early speech and language development and wider developmental levels.
More information on ALSPAC is available at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/  while further details on the Cleft Collective is available at http://cleftcollective.org.uk/ .
Updates on this study will be posted on this webpage as they become available.

National Institute of Health Reseach Fellowship Programme
Project Duration: 
October, 2012 to December, 2016