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Collaborative practice in early childhood and SLCN: A project with SLT students, liaison personnel and multilingual children (Poster)

  • Background: Multilingual children with suspected SLCN are often overlooked or their needs not accurately differentiated regarding the necessity of language support or therapy. The purpose of the study was to conceptualize, carry out and evaluate a local language support (LS) project within linguistically and culturally diverse (LCD) families and its effects on all collaborating participants. Methods: Eight SLT students and one lecturer took part in the LS-project, alongside equivalent numbers of family liaison personnel. Students visited more than 10 young children aged between 2-6 years, and for each child 10 weekly home visits were carried out. Language enhancement was documented, several case studies with children and interviews with five liaison personnel conducted. Results: All SLT students perceived changes in the behaviour and communication of participating children. Children in the case studies developed from pre-verbal to verbal means of communication and family liaison personnel reported positive changes alongside parental wishes to continue the support. Conclusion: Local language support projects with LCD families can lead to positive differences regarding their children's communication development and better inclusion in mainstream society. SLT students benefit from working with LCD families and their collaborative support together with family liaison personnel, and vice versa. Learning Outcomes: To differentiate the influence of language enhancement vs. formalized SLT therapy. To enhance the relationship with LCD clientele and collaboration with liaison personnel in SLCN settings. To incorporate life-long learning and intercultural sensitization.

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Author:Christina Haupt, Luisa Niemöller, Lena Wolf
Title (English):Collaborative practice in early childhood and SLCN: A project with SLT students, liaison personnel and multilingual children (Poster)
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2023
Release Date:2023/09/20
Tag:SLT; collaboration; language support; linguistic and cultural diversity - LCD
Page Number:1
32nd World Congress of the IALP, 20. - 24. August 2023, Auckland (New Zealand)
Faculties:Fakultät WiSo
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Review Status:Akzeptierte Fassung