Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit

The Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit (BSLTRU) conducts research and development that aims to improve the care and management of people with speech, language and communication disorders by developing knowledge related to the prevention, management and social consequences of the disorders.

The Unit is hosted by North Bristol NHS Trust and is situated in the grounds of Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The team consists of speech & language therapy, psychology and information systems researchers with specialisms in primary language delays, speech impairments, aphasiology and stuttering as well as administrative and technical support.

Our research is entirely funded by grants and charitable donations.

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We are pleased to announce the next study day will be jointly run by the South West Speech CEN with the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit. The topic is 'Assessing speech in children from multilingual backgrounds – current research and clinical applications'

Barbara May Bernhardt and Joe Stemberger are going to present on  “An international cross-linguistic project in typical and protracted phonological development: Clinical Applications”. You can read more about their work at

We will also have talks along the same theme from Jane Speake (University of Sheffield) and Rhonwen Lewis (UWIC). The event will end with a panel discussion where attendees can ask questions of the panel.

It will be on Friday 19th October at The Vassall Centre in Bristol and will be an afternoon session (13.30-16.30). We have tried to keep costs low, and it will be £16.31 (which includes eventbrite fees of £1.31)

To book your place please use the eventbrite site:

Details of presenters and other information will be posted on the CEN facebook page:

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