International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders

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Edited By: Steven Bloch and Cristina McKean

Impact Factor: 1.798

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 9/25 (Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology); 11/71 (Rehabilitation (Social Science)); 13/181 (Linguistics); 20/65 (Rehabilitation)

Online ISSN: 1460-6984

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Journal Club
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New Associate Editor
We are delighted to welcome to the Editorial Team Dr Sarah Spencer from the University of Sheffield as Associate Editor. Sarah is a Speech and Language Therapist and Lecturer with current research interests in adolescent speech, language and communication difficulties and language and social class.

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Videocast: Language Difficulties and Criminal Justice Processes
Watch the 2014 IJLCD Winter Lecture, given by Prof Karen Bryan, Sheffield Hallam University. Click here >

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Virtual Issues

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Living Life with a Communication Disorder
Communication disorders are wide ranging and extend across the entire lifespan. However, research into speech and language impairment has only recently started to focus on the impact of these for individuals and their families. Living life with a communication disorder is never straightforward, and we hope that this issue brings together and highlights some of the leading work in this area.

The King's Speech and Stuttering Research
Stuttering was a much talked about issue in 2011, largely due to the huge success of the film ‘The King’s Speech’. Inspired by this film, the editors of IJLCD put together a selection of recent IJLCD articles on the theme of stuttering. They chose only recent studies and aimed for articles that highlight the richness of stuttering research that takes place around the world.

IJLCD Author Guidelines

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IJLCD Winter Lecture 2016-2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dorothy Bishop, Oxford University, will deliver this year’s IJLCD Winter Lecture:

“Why is it so hard to agree on definitions and terminology for children’s language disorders?”

The lecture will take place at:

17:30 – 18:30 on the 11th January 2017

The Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL, WC1E 6BT

followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters.

Tickets will be available from the 21st November. They are free but will run out quickly so please visit book early.

As outlined in the abstract below, following the 2014 IJLCD special edition on SLI Professor Bishop and colleagues have completed a study to answer some of the questions that emerged:

‘In 2013, Sheena Reilly gave an IJLCD Winter Lecture on ‘Childhood language disorders’ in which she raised major questions about validity of the term ‘Specific Language Impairment’. Sheena’s talk was very timely, as this topic was of major concern to a group of us who were behind the RALLI Campaign for Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments. We felt that lack of agreement on definitions and terminology was a major obstacle to progress in research, and often led to children being denied services. In this talk I will describe a research project, CATALISE, that grew out of these concerns and which involved using the Delphi method with an international panel of experts to achieve consensus statements on definitions and terminology. This process led to important insights about reasons for disagreements between different professional groups, particularly around the issue of positive and negative impact of clinical labels.’

We look forward to welcoming many of you to what is sure to be a stimulating and entertaining event.

The IJLCD Editorial Team

Cristina McKean, Steven Bloch, Susan Ebbels, Paul Conroy, Sarah Spencer

Click here to find out more about Professor Dorothy Bishop >

Each year the IJLCD Editorial team hosts a lecture by a leader in the field of language and communication disorders, sponsored by Wiley. A paper based on this lecture is then submitted for publication in IJLCD.

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