An average of one child in every classroom has a Specific Language Impairment (sometimes called Language Disorder).
Specific Language Impairment leads to difficulties with understanding and/or using spoken language, as well as difficulties with reading and spelling.
Last year, some concerned academics and a speech pathologist in the UK launched the absolutely wonderful Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairment campaign, or RALLI, on YouTube.
I urge everyone to have a look at their short, easy-to-understand, informative videos, whether you're a parent, someone who struggles with language yourself, a professional, an academic or anyone else concerned about those with language and literacy difficulties.
Introduction to RALLI
Click here for more information about what Specific Language Impairment is, who is behind the campaign, and what it's all about.
RALLI for kids
Click here to listen to learners with Specific Language Impairment talk about what it's like, and give encouragement to others with difficulties like theirs.
RALLI for families
Click here for videos designed for families that explain what a language impairment is, the impact it can have and how to get help.
There's also a video about how Speech and Language Therapy helps children with Specific Language Impairment. Click here to see it.
There's also one specifically about the literacy difficulties associated with SLI, which you can see by clicking here.
RALLI for professionals
Click here for videos about identification of Specific Language Impairment, and about how it affects learners in the classroom, told by professionals, and children themselves. You will also find relevant evidence-based research information.
This channel also includes several videos in languages other than English about Specific Language Impairment.
I hope that you'll help spread the word about this sorely-needed YouTube campaign, and thus help (as the wonderful Professor Dorothy Bishop, one of the key people behind RALLI, says) inform others about Specific Language Impairment, and help children affected by it to get wider recognition and more help, and a better chance in life.