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Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy: Track 1

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What happens if children aren’t making progress with language and literacy, and what sort of learning impairments might be the cause? How can the study of children’s thinking help us to understand these learning difficulties? This album offers insights into some of the problems faced by children with the developmental disorders dyslexia, poor comprehension and specific language impairment. In the main audio tracks, educators, therapists and researchers explore why children might have language and literacy difficulties, and how schools can work with psychologists to help these children develop key language and literacy skills. The interviews are introduced and contextualised by Professor David Messer of The Open University. The material forms part of The Open University course ED841 Understanding children's development and learning.

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  • Duration 1 hour 30 mins
  • Updated Friday 4th December 2009
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Education
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Track 1: Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy

A short introduction to this album.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy    A short introduction to this album. Play now Exploring children's difficulties with language and literacy
2 Understanding and tackling language difficulties    Professor David Messer of The Open University sets the scene for the interviews on the album. Play now Understanding and tackling language difficulties
3 Developmental disorders    Professors Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme give an overview of the main developmental disorders in language and literacy. Play now Developmental disorders
4 The cognitive approach    Professors Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme talk about the cognitive approach that lies at the heart of their research into developmental disorders in children. Play now The cognitive approach
5 Reading intervention    Educational consultant Glynnis Smith describes a reading intervention programme being used in primary schools to help children who are making slow progress with literacy. Play now Reading intervention
6 Tackling dyslexia    Education expert Sir Jim Rose reflects on some of the issues emerging from his report 'Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties'. Play now Tackling dyslexia
7 Poor comprehenders    Post-doctoral researcher Paula Clarke describes some of the learning difficulties faced by poor comprehenders. Play now Poor comprehenders
8 Reading for meaning    Post-doctoral researcher Dr Paula Clarke describes the York 'Reading for meaning' project, designed to help poor comprehenders. Play now Reading for meaning
9 Specific language impairment    Speech and language therapist Dr Susan Ebbels talks about the process of identification and assessment of children with SLI, and the usefulness of SLI as a diagnostic category. Susan works at Moor House School, a specialist school for children with primary language impairments aged 7-16 years. Play now Specific language impairment
10 Research and intervention    Speech and language therapist Dr Susan Ebbels talks about the relationship between research and intervention in relation to specific learning impairment. Susan works at Moor House School, a specialist school for children with primary language impairments aged 7-16 years. Play now Research and intervention
11 Evaluating effectiveness    Professors Maggie Snowling and Charles Hulme talk about their work on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to help children with developmental disorders. Play now Evaluating effectiveness
12 Studying children's development and learning    Course chair Dr Dorothy Faulkner gives an overview of Open University course ED841 Understanding children's development and learning. Play now Studying children's development and learning

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