Evidence Base for Speech & Language Therapy

The Children’s Integrated SLT Service for Hackney and the City seeks to provide speech and language therapy which is evidence based. We also seek to add to the evidence base for our profession by participating in audit and research.

The Children’s Integrated SLT Service for Hackney and the City were delighted to participate in the Better Communication Action Plan, following on from The Bercow Report; A Review of Services for Children and  Young People (0-19) with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

The Children’s Integrated SLT Service participated as one of 16 national pathfinder sites and developed an outcome measurement tool suitable to report to multiple commissioners.


In addition, ‘Language for Thinking’ and ‘Word Aware’ are interventions developed and used in the Hackney service that are mentioned in the national research report focusing on what works for SLCN (published December 2012):


Additional information on effectiveness of SLT for particular interventions can be accessed through visiting:



A sample of journal articles relevant to the approaches used in Hackney is as follows:

Authors: Roberts MY, Kaiser AP
Title: The Effectiveness of Parent-Implemented Language Interventions: A Meta-Analysis
Source: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 2011 20(3): 180-199


Authors: Cirrin FM, Schooling TL, Nelson NW, Diehl SF, Flynn PF, Staskowski M, Torrey TZ, Adamczyk DF
Title: Evidence-Based Systematic Review: Effects of Different Service Delivery Models on Communication Outcomes for Elementary School-Age Children
Source: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 2010 41(3): 233-264


Authors: Hart SL, Banda DR
Title: Picture Exchange Communication System With Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Single Subject Studies
Source: Remedial and Special Education 2010 31(6): 476-488


Authors: Law J, Garrett Z, Nye C
Title: Speech and language therapy interventions for children with primary speech and language delay and disorder
Source: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006 Issue 4
Abstract: The abstract for this article can be viewed at http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab004110.html


Authors: Boyle J, McCartney E, Forbes J, O’Hare A
Title: A randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of direct versus indirect and individual versus group modes of speech and language therapy for children with primary language impairment
Source: Health Technology Assessment 2007 11(25): 1-139


Authors: van Balkom H, Verhoeven L, van Weerdenburg M, Stoep J
Title: Effects of Parent-based Video Home Training in children with developmental language delay
Source: Child Language Teaching and Therapy 2010 26(3): 221-237