University of Edinburgh

Deafness and Additional Speech and Language Difficulties

Presented on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 in Aberdeen


This day explored:

  • The concept of Specific Language Impairment - what is known about this from a theoretical point of view; signs and symptoms.
  • How SLI may present in children who are deaf, including those who communicate orally, through BSL and those using total communication.
  • How children who are deaf are assessed to make a differential diagnosis of SLI.
  • Supporting children who are deaf who also have a specific language impairment.

The format of the day included interactive teaching sessions which covered both theory and practise; practical activities; sharing of good practice and signposting to resources.

Course participants were invited to bring along a case study of a child who is deaf and who has/may have additional language difficulties.


Target Audience

Teachers of the Deaf and other professionals working with children who are deaf who have a good level of background knowledge with regards to hearing impairment and normal language development.


Lorna Gravenstede, Senior Lecturer, Mary Hare MA/PG Diploma Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment)