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Janice Greenberg, Program Director at The Hanen Centre (Toronto), presented a workshop on Hanen Programs, which are specialized therapeutic programs involving intensive education of groups of parents (whose children have language delays) or educators (who work with young children in educational settings). Hanen programs are based on the philosophy that children learn to communicate within the natural conversations of everyday life and that parents and educators are the child’s best language facilitators if they are taught to do this effectively.

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The main Organizer of the Conference is the Educational Research Institute. (Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych – IBE) in Warsaw. IBE is a research institution conducting interdisciplinary research concerning the functioning and effectiveness of the education system in Poland. It operates under the supervision of the Polish Ministry of Education. In the period of 2009-2015, the Institute conducts two systemic projects co-financed by the European Union within the European Social Fund Human Capital Operational Programme. The aim of the first project: „Education quality and effectiveness study and institutionalization of research base” is to strengthen education system in scope of educational research and to increase the application of research results in educational policy and practice, as well as in educational management. The second project “Elaboration of terms of reference for the implementation of the National Qualification Framework and the National Qualification Register for lifelong learning” is an attempt to refine the Model of the Polish National Qualifications Network and will be a contribution in the significant qualitative change in the perception of obtaining qualifications in Poland.
IBE will soon start a programme on difficulties in learning, which will include i.a. the issues of SLI and dyslexia. Diagnostic methods to be used in preschool and early school education will be developed within the programme, as well as therapy methods adapted to the specificity of SLI in Polish.
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Leading Polish universities have been invited to cooperate in the Conference: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Gdańsk, Jagellonian University  in Kraków, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, University of Warsaw, Child Heath Centre Memorial Institute (Instytut “Pomnik – Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka” and three Scientific Associations representing specialties concerned with the issues of SLI:  Polish Speech Therapists Association,  Polish Psychological Society and Society of Language Culture. Scholars from these institutions and associations were the initiators of organizing the Conference and they constitute the Conference Programme Committee.



The prevalence of Specific Language Impairment in children is 7% and is characterized by difficulties in using language. Children with SLI learn to talk later than typically developing children and once they start talking, their linguistic abilities are limited: they have limited lexicon, problems with grammar, they do not understand complex sentences. Dyslexia is also common among them. Children with SLI, even though they have correct hearing, are intellectually capable, do not have neurological disorders nor features of autism, are prone to severe education failures, which has a negative impact on their lives. It is estimated that there are about 300 thousand children with SLI in Poland. Most of them are not diagnosed and have no chance of receiving the necessary treatment.






As we were preparing for the international Conference on SLI in Poland, a group of four prominent British academics: Dorothy Bishop, Professor at Oxford University; Gina Conti- Ramsden, Professor at the University of Manchester; Dr Courtenay Norbury from the University of London and Maggie Snowling, Professor at the University of York, had launched in May 2012 a joint initiative: Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments (RALLI). Within the campaign, short videos are published on youtube, in which specialists explain the characteristics of language impairments, including SLI, stressing their negative impact on the people affected. Children with SLI themselves also talk about their experiences. We would like to encourage you to watch the RALLI videos.

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