Our Evidence

Our evidence

Evidence is a fundamental part of Speech and Language UK's work
Evidence is at the core of all of Speech and Language UK’s work. For everything that we do, we measure the impact for children, young people and their families


The following research papers have been written by Speech and Language UK's advisers who are specialists in speech and language therapy and education


  • I CAN Talk 1: Speech, Language and Communication Needs and Literacy Difficulties

    This is the first of the I CAN Talk series of ‘think pieces’ focusing on contemporary issues in speech, language and communication, focuses on speech, language and communication needs and the link to literacy development


  • I CAN Talk 2: The Cost to the Nation of Children's Poor Communication

    This report gives fresh insights into an emerging 21st century problem: impoverished language. It is the most contemporary synthesis of evidence on communication development and the impact on future life chances to date.


  • I CAN Talk 3: The Cost to the Nation of Children's Poor Communication - Scotland Edition

    This report follows on from I CAN’s The Cost to the Nation of Children’s Poor Communication and provides additional information and cost analysis related specifically to the Scottish context


  • I CAN Talk 4: Language and Social Exclusion

    This I CAN report, supported by the BT Better World campaign, summarises for the first time, the links between speech, language and communication and social exclusion. The report identifies speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as the missing link in the social exclusion chain


  • I CAN Talk 5: Speech, Language and the Children's Workforce

    This I CAN Talk report, which is supported by The Communication Trust, highlights how vital it is that everyone working with children and young people has a clear understanding of speech, language and communication development and needs


  • I CAN Talk 6: Speech, Language and Communication Needs and Primary School-aged Children

    This report examines how children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are at a major disadvantage compared to their peers in primary schools. They have to learn in an environment where the method for learning is their major weakness


  • I CAN Talk 7: Speech Language and Communication Needs and the Early Years

    This I CAN Talk report illustrates how language is a crucial part of the current cross sector themes in early years: social disadvantage and mobility, early identification and intervention, children’s changing childhood and integrated working


  • I CAN Talk 8: Skills for Work, Skills for Life

    I CAN Talk 8 highlights the need to improve the communication skills of young people to help them find and retain jobs. These ‘soft skills’ are more important now than ever as the coalition government outline public spending cuts and the job market contracts.


  • I CAN Talk 9: Children with severe SLCN

    This Talk paper is a comprehensive analysis dedicated entirely to those 2% of children with severe speech, language and communication needs, addressing who they are and how well their needs are being met


  • I CAN Talk 10: Speech, Language and Communication in Secondary Aged Pupils

    This Talk paper outlines the main issues in young people’s language and communication during the secondary phase of education. It discusses key influences and issues, and suggests ways forward



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