NAPLIC CONFERENCE & AGM Saturday 6 May 2017
Conference Aston Meeting Suites, Aston University, Birmingham

"The impact of language on behaviour, mental health and wellbeing on children and young people."

The 2017 conference, ‘Language, behaviour, mental health and well-being’ was a huge success, with over 200 people attending on a Saturday in Birmingham.

See a synopsis of the conference created by curating the 250+ tweets from the day

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Conference 2018

The 2018 conference will be held in either late April or mid-May. The working themes currently are the Bercow 10 Years Review and next steps with Developmental Language Disorders, now that we have a label for the condition.

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NAPLIC CONFERENCE & AGM 2017 Conference details

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Key Notes

Pamela Snow: La Trobe University, Australia
Communicating, feeling, and behaving: Lessons learned from vulnerable children and adolescents

Judy Clegg: Sheffield University
Communication Needs of Vulnerable Children and Young People: Are we doing enough?

Confirmed speakers

Melanie Cross
Attachment, interaction and language: a video interaction guidance nursery project

Debbie Gooch: UCL
Language influences parent/teacher ratings of ADHD

Alice Jones Bartoli, Goldsmiths, University of London
Language and Behaviour: Insights from students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Liz Lord, University of Oxford
The MYRIAD project – evaluating the effectiveness of mindfulness in school settings – University of Oxford

Caroline Bowen:
Fad, fashionable and fruitful interventions for children with developmental disorders: How do I choose? (with P Snow)

PLUS: UK exclusive book launch
‘Making sense of interventions for children with developmental disorders’ by Caroline Bowen and Pamela Snow

Speaker Biographies

Melanie Cross - "Attachment, interaction and language: a video interaction guidance nursery project"

Melanie Cross Melanie Cross is a consultant speech and language therapist who has worked with Looked After Children for many years. Her work has focussed on integrating speech and language therapy into education services for children and young people with Social Emotional and Mental health needs (SEMH).

This experience has sparked a keen interest in the links between communication and social emotional and mental health needs which has resulted in various publications such as ‘Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems’, 2nd edition.

In addition to this, Melanie is a Clinical tutor on the postgraduate speech and language therapy course at City University. She lectures on various speech and language therapy programmes and offers training for other professional groups on understanding and working with children who have developmental language disorder and SEMH.

Melanie is also an advisor for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and is working with the SEMH Clinical Excellence Network to develop clinical guidelines for SLTs working with children and young people who have SEMH, as well as factsheets for a lay audience. Her search for effective and evidence based interventions has led her to train as a Video Interaction Guider and Supervisor. For more information see

Pamela Snow - "Communicating, feeling, and behaving: Lessons learned from vulnerable children and adolescents"

Pamela Snow Pamela Snow Pamela Snow is a Professor and Head of the Rural Health School at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. Pamela has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals and has experience in teacher education. Pamela is a registered psychologist, having qualified originally in speech pathology.

Her research has been funded by nationally competitive schemes such as the ARC Discovery Program, ARC Linkage Program, and the Criminology Research Council, and spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence:

  • the oral language skills of high-risk young people (youth offenders and those in the state care system), and the role of oral language competence as an academic and mental health protective factor in childhood and adolescence;
  • applying evidence in the language-to- literacy transition in the early years of school;
  • linguistic aspects of investigative interviewing with children / adolescents as witnesses, suspects, victims in criminal investigations;

Pamela has research links with the education, welfare and justice sectors, and her research has been published in a wide range of international journals. She is frequently called upon to address education, health, welfare, and forensic audiences.  She is a Fellow of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia and is a past Victorian State Chair of the Australian Psychological Society. She has over 120 publications, comprising refereed papers, book chapters, monographs and research reports.

Judy Clegg - "Communication Needs of Vulnerable Children and Young People: Are we doing enough?"

Judy CleggDr Judy Clegg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, UK. She trained as a Speech and language therapist at the University of Manchester and completed a PhD in developmental language disorders at the University of Nottingham.

Her research interests focus on the developmental trajectories and outcomes of children with language and communication needs, the impact of social disadvantage on children’s language and communication development, the complex co-morbidity between children’s social disadvantage, their developing language and communication and their behaviour and mental health, and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to facilitate children and young peoples' language and communication abilities.

Judy is also co-editor of the journal, Child Language Teaching and Therapy. Further information can be found at

Debbie Gooch - "Language influences parent/teacher ratings of ADHD"

Debbie GoochDebbie Gooch is currently postdoc with Professor Courtenay Norbury on the Surrey Communication and Language in Education Study (SCALES) at University College London.  SCALES is a longitudinal population study of language disorder during the first 4 years of school. Prior to this Debbie worked with Professor Maggie Snowling and Professor Charles Hulme as a postdoc on the Wellcome Language & Reading project; a longitudinal study of the overlap between developmental dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI). 

Debbie completed a degree in Psychology at the University of York in 2004 and went on to complete the Reading, Language and Cognition MSc in 2005 and a PhD investigating the comorbidity between dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with by Professor Maggie Snowling and Professor Charles Hulme at the University of York in 2009.

Debbie’s research focuses on understanding the causes of developmental language disorders and how comorbid difficulties (e.g. impairments in attention, motor skills, executive function) affect the academic and social outcomes of children with language disorder.

Dr Alice Jones Bartoli - "Language and Behaviour: Insights from students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties"

Alice BartoliDr Alice Jones Bartoli is the Director of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Most of Alice's work focuses on understanding young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, which she explores in multi-disciplinary ways, using neuroscience, behavioural genetics and neuropsychological methods.

Funded by ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and the National Autistic Society, Alice's work seeks to delineate different cognitive and affective profiles associated with behavioural difficulties at school. 

Most recently, Alice has sought to use our existing knowledge of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties to create bespoke school behaviour programmes, which are so far yielding positive results for students and teachers alike. 

Alice is also the current Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Liz Lord - "The MYRIAD project – evaluating the effectiveness of mindfulness in school settings – University of Oxford"

Liz LordLiz Lord is the schools liaison lead for the MYRIAD research project in the Dept of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. She is a former school teacher and was Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school.

She taught and managed the education provision for children with cancer in the North West for a number of years. She then moved to the Psychiatry Day Unit and provided education for children undergoing assessments which involved both teaching and liaising with lots of different schools.

She went on to teach mindfulness to 11-16 year olds in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford and helped to successfully implement this approach throughout. She was a member of the Senior Leadership Team, SENCO and CAMHS liaison. As part of the Emotional Health Implementation Group in Salford she taught adult mindfulness courses to their Educational Psychology teams, Inclusive Learning teams, a School for pupils with additional needs and various parent groups. She has an MSc in Mindfulness based approaches from Bangor University and her research looked into mindfulness training for school teachers. 

The MYRIAD project is currently the largest project to look at the effectiveness of implementing a mindfulness program into schools. The professors leading this project are all experts in their fields. Mark Williams, Willem Kuyken, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Tim Dalgleish. Liz has spoken at many conferences and training events about the project and about mindfulness in education.

Caroline Bowen PhD, CPSP, ASHA Fellow, Life Member SPA, Hon FRCSLT - "Fad, fashionable and fruitful interventions for children with developmental disorders: How do I choose?"

Caroline BowenKnown for her website and her interest in Children’s Speech Sound Disorders, Dr Caroline Bowen /ˈkæɹəˈlɑen ˈboʊwən/ practiced in Australia as a clinical speech-language pathologist in New South Wales for over 40 years, retiring in 2011.

Since 2005 she has presented invited SSD-related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and study days in all Australian states and territories, and in Canada, Denmark, Éire, England, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the US.

Using her 70th birthday in December 2014 as a sign to slow down and reduce her workload, she now offers just five “customisable” CPD events, which she will consider presenting anywhere. Caroline has on-going appointments as an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney NSW Australia, and as an Honorary Research Fellow in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

She and Professor Pamela Snow of La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia have co-authored a book, Making Sense of Interventions for Children’s Developmental Disorders (Bowen & Snow, 2017) published by J&R Press, and, among other projects, she is currently engaged in collaborative research, led by Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley of The University of Newcastle NSW Australia, into Twitter and other social media use by SLPs/SLTs.

There is information about the book, which participants can follow on Twitter @TxChoices linked here: Bowen & Snow (2017) Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders, Guildford, J&R Press.

NAPLIC's conferences will be of interest to:

  • Teachers and SENCOs,
  • Teaching Assistants,
  • Speech and Language Therapists,
  • Advisory Teachers for SLCN,
  • Educational Psychologists
  • and LA Advisors