Category: Conferences

Early Bird conference rates extended until 15 February 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have extended the Early Bird rates for NAPLIC’s 2019 Conference: “Growing up with DLD”to 15 February 2019.

Hurry – conference places are selling out fast!

To find out more about the conference, view the full range of conference speakers and read our conference programme.


NAPLIC Conference exhibitors announced

The exhibitor list is now available for NAPLIC’s annual conference, due to take place on 11th May 2019 at Aston University, Birmingham.

Companies currently exhibiting:

  • Bite Publishing
  • Black Sheep Press
  • Course Beetle
  • Elklan
  • J & R Press
  • Language for Learning
  • Rompa/Winslow
  • Speechmark
  • Talking Products

There’s still time to purchase conference places at the Early Bird rates, which are available up until 31st January 2019.

Find out more and book online

Booking is now open for NAPLIC’s 2019 conference

NAPLIC’s 2019 Conference, “Growing up with DLD”, will take place on 11th May 2019 at Aston University in Birmingham.

The conference programme has now been announced which can be viewed online.  Speakers include Amanda Finer, Billie Lowe, Danielle Matthews, Cristina McKean, Marie Newton, Deborah Powers, Melanie Rudkin, Anna Sowerbutts and Maxine Winstanley.

The programme covers a wide range of topics related to DLD and promises to be another brilliant day.

Online booking starts at just £99 for a member early bird rate and £160 for non-members booking on the early bird rate.

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First announcement for NAPLIC’s 2019 conference

The 2019 NAPLIC conference will be entitled “Growing up with DLD” and will take place on 11th May 2019 at the Conference Aston Meeting Suites, Aston University, Birmingham.

We are excited to announce the first conference speakers at our NAPLIC 2019 conference who include Danielle Matthews, Cristina McKean and Maxine Winstanley.

You can now register your interest to be notified when booking is open.

NAPLIC Conference 2018

The theme for the 2018 NAPLIC conference was ‘Developmental Language Disorder: Making change happen.’

It started Jean Gross summarising the findings of the Bercow 10 year review which included startling findings about the discrepancies between professionals and parents about how well families are listened to.

Mandy Grist and Mary Hartshorne, from ICAN, who have been working on the Bercow 10-year review, addressed the question of what next and showed the array of resources available at to support practitioners to become activists.

After morning break we heard Megan Dixon from Aspirer Research School on how evidence is used across her trust and the impact this has had on outcomes. The ‘can-do’ approach was inspiring. Following on was Tom Martell from the Educational Endowment Foundation outlining how interventions we really want to work may not always achieve positive outcomes when researched. A new report from EEF on Early Years is out in May and emphasises oral language.

In a first for a NAPLIC conference we heard from young people, adults and families affected by Developmental Language Disorder. In a structured Q and A session attendees heard about the struggles and achievements of a very brave group of people. Maxine Burns from ICAN presented on the innovative ‘Talk about Talk secondary,’ which is a training package co-delivered by young people with DLD. This session brought home the need for wider understanding of DLD, but also continued support in secondary schools and into adulthood.

In the final session of the day there was a series of presentations from schools and services outlining good practice. The session started in Early Years with Cheryl Dyer from Surrey outlining how her service had got involved in research into the Nuffield Early Language Intervention programme. For the primary phase it was Mary Coleman from Falkirk in Scotland talking about whole school improvement including a breadth of interventions and collaborative practice. These two themes continued with Sarah Smith from Worestershire and Julia Husband from Hanley Castle High School talking about how they work together to develop whole school practice. The session was closed by Rachel Keen from Kent presenting on how the Balanced System has been applied in sixty schools across Kent to improve practice for SLCN.

President of NAPLIC, Professor Courtenay Norbury ended the day with ‘reasons to be cheerful.’ These were:

  • There are lots of dedicated professionals working with Developmental Language Disorder
  • Awareness of DLD is rising
  • The evidence base is growing
  • This evidence base is being used more widely

I would add that the latter three points all need further development.

NAPLIC 2018 was an exhilarating learning event. The conference next year is on May 11th 2019 and will explore DLD more fully.

NAPLIC 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 2019 Conference: “Growing up with DLD”

Online booking is now open and the full conference programme is now available online 

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