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Developmental language disorder: understanding the genes involved to help improve children’s lives

Research date: 1 November 2017 - 31 October 2020
Grant amount: £195,500.00

In the UK, developmental language disorder (DLD) affects around seven in every 100 preschool children.1 Sadly, a child’s health, educational attainment, personal development as well as longer-term opportunities can all be affected. Dr Silvia Paracchini at the University of St Andrews in Scotland aims to understand more about the genes involved in...

Helping children who were born with cleft palate to speak clearly

Research date: 17 April 2017 - 31 July 2018
Grant amount: £42,739.00

Around one in 700 babies in the UK is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, which means they have a gap, or a split, in the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth.1 Babies normally have surgery to close the gap and improve the appearance of the face. Despite this, many go on to have communication problems, because of difficulties learning how to speak...

Cerebral palsy: helping severely disabled children who use their eyes to communicate

Research date: 1 February 2016 - 30 November 2018
Grant amount: £88,438.00

Estimates suggest around one in every 400 children in the UK has cerebral palsy.1 These young people will experience lifelong difficulties with movement and co-ordination, and in some cases they may also have other difficulties, such as learning disabilities. For some children with severe physical disabilities and no speech, communicating through talking...

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Robbie’s struggle to speak clearly

Posted: 11 September 2017 15:59 pm
Robbie was born with a cleft palate and he and his family have had many difficulties to overcome. Even now, after three operations and years of speech and language therapy, it can still be hard to understand Robbie when he talks, as his mum Geraldine explains. Every day in the UK an average of three babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate, which...
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