The morning session: opening of the Conference
The Polish Minister of National Education, Mrs Krystyna Szumilas, who was opening the Conference, stressed the impact of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) on educational opportunities. The fact that the problem has not been broadly known in Poland was also indicated. The Minister noted that early identification and the teacher’s support are the key factors for appropriate intervention that should be provided for the children. In order to make it possible, the Educational Research Institute (IBE) has launched a project that aims at developing diagnostic tools. In her speech, the Minister expressed her hope that the methods for working with the children that have SLI will be created and that programmes providing training and support for the teachers will be elaborated The latter is of special importance because it addresses the need for the teachers to be aware of the existence of SLI and to be able to face the problem in their classrooms, providing children with individualized care. The Polish Ministry of Education will be following the Conference and the project, as it is an initiative that may lead to the improvement of the educational system. Finishing her speech, Mrs Krystyna Szumilas wished everybody a productive meeting.