Treatment: how and why

Linguistics matters in the treatment of speech and language impairment by focusing on what is happening in the mind of the child. This, in my experience, gets the fastest results.

For your child

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Clinical linguistics

Three questions

Looking and being special

Being special

Keeping a diary of your child learning to talk

Linguistic facts
Linguistic facts

What is the best way of looking at them?

One human language

One human language

A uniqueness

The awesome foursome

The child-friendly five

Taking cues from children


Four clever letters

A lost insight from antiquity

Sounds and bits of sounds

Sounds and bits of sounds

The airstream and other details

An inventory of sound

An inventory of sounds

The phonemes

The Sound Pattern of English

From features to phonemes

Possible structures

Sounds, syllables, words

My linguistics clinic

A problem saying S and Z

A problem saying S and Z

Sometimes known as ‘lisping’



Different problems, dyslexia, and speech and language disorders all happening together

Childhood Apraxia of Speech’

A poverty of definition

Patterns in ‘processes’

Some things that go wrong


The first language?

The experience of success

Guiding the growth of understanding

Literacy problems

Learning to read and write

Unpicking history

The tragedy of English spelling

Root and branch reform or adaptation?


1. Impairment and evolution

Cognitions for skills


Some shenanigans?

The myth of Pygmalion

A question about autism

Missing a step or a mis-step?