Exploring early years professionals' knowledge about speech and language and development and impairment

Carolyn Letts*, Elaine Hall

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Abstract

This paper reports findings of a questionnaire study that was carried out in the North East of England. It reports early years professionals' need for training, levels of confidence, and the accuracy of their judgements regarding children's speech and language. Variations in confidence and accuracy of judgement are analysed to explore the effects of different professional training and the kinds of setting in which early years practitioners work. Findings are discussed in the context of increasing demands on early years staff both to identify language difficulties and to work more closely with other professionals to support children with special needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-229
Number of pages19
JournalChild Language Teaching and Therapy
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes

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