Introducing RLI webinar

Following up from yesterday’s online event, here are some links, including the sessions recording.

Session recording

The session recording can be accessed here. You will need to install the WebEx Recording Player to view. Please note that we had issue with audio part way through – please persist, the audio comes back.

Presentation slides

The slides are available as a PDF.

Further information

Introducing RLI webinar

Following up from yesterday’s online event, here are some links, including the sessions recording.

Session recording

The session recording can be accessed here. You will need to install the WebEx Recording Player to view. Please note that we had issue with audio part way through – please persist, the audio comes back.

Presentation slides

The slides are available as a PDF.

Further information

UK Communication Trust lists RLI in What Works database

The Communication Trust – a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication – has recently listed DSE’s new reading and language intervention in its What Works database of evidenced interventions.

RLI HandbookThe Communication Trust in the UK is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations. Working with the Better Communication Research Programme they have developed a database of evidenced interventions to support children’s speech, language and communication – the What Works database.

The Communication Trust’s What Works database includes over 60 interventions, assessed for inclusion in the database by independent experts. The What Works database is endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The entry for RLI in the What Works database (registration required) observes:

“A key feature of RLI is that it is designed to be suitable for children across a wide ability range and content is adapted for each individual child, with assessment and daily record keeping built into the delivery of the programme. The Language Strand can be used for children with language ages from 2 years and the Reading Strand for beginning readers to a word reading age of 8 years. The RCT data supports starting reading instruction for children with Down syndrome at 5 years of age as younger children in the study tended to make more progress…

“RLI has a moderate evidence level. Within the evidence there are examples of significantly positive outcomes for children with Down syndrome, all of whom have language difficulties, though children continue to need additional support.”

(By the criteria applied, a “strong” level of evidence would require multiple trials and a systematic review – we are going to have to wait a while for that!)

It is great to see RLI – and the evidence underpinning it – assessed, recognised and listed here to bring it to the attention of Speech and Language Therapists and schools looking for interventions and teaching approaches with good evidence supporting their use.

DSE’s reading and language intervention (RLI) was evaluated in a landmark randomised controlled trial involving 57 children with Down syndrome living in two areas of the UK. It is now being used in hundreds of schools throughout the UK and in the US to provide highly structured, individualised teaching for children with Down syndrome. DSE is continuing to develop support networks for the new intervention, including accredited trainers in both the UK and the US, and continuing to evaluate and develop the teaching programme.

RLI training in Ireland

Professor Sue Buckley will be presenting a two day conference on DSE’s Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) and contributing to a conference on early intervention in Ireland next week.

Down Syndrome Ireland is hosting a two day training event in Dublin on DSE’s Reading and Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome (RLI) for professionals on 22 and 23 May. RLI is an evidence-based program designed to teach reading and language skills to children with Down syndrome. It incorporates best practice in structured activities delivered in fast-paced daily teaching sessions. RLI was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial and found to improve rates of progress compared to ordinary teaching. The conference will be presented by Profess Sue Buckley, OBE, DSE’s Director of Research.