Understanding the Casual Pathways for Persistent Speech Disorder
This project is a programme of work investigating factors in young pre-school children which are associated with persistent speech disorder (PSD) in children aged 5 and above. The aim is to provide clinicians with information to prioritise resources for those at high risk for PSD and subsequent poor life outcomes and reduce unnecessary intervention for those who resolve early.
Three studies are planned as part of the programme: the first will use existing data from a longitudinal prospective population study (ALSPAC); the second will collect new data within a cohort study of children with cleft palate (The Cleft Collective), a group who are at high risk of PSD; and the third will use qualitative techniques to develop and pilot an assessment protocol which will provide data on level of risk plus facilitate the collection of national outcomes. Factors which will be collected and analysis will include those relating to the child's environment, early speech and language development and wider developmental levels.