"Ralli likes computer games, playing with her friends in the park, and smoky bacon flavoured crisps – BUT Ralli also sometimes finds talking difficult, and she doesn't always understand the words people say. Ralli wants to tell you what this is like and explain what happens."
If you haven't met Ralli yet, have a look at the Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments You Tube channel, and subscribe to receive new video updates. This campaign was launched in May by Dorothy Bishop, Gina Conti-Ramsden, Maggie Snowling, Courtenay Norbury and Becky Clark as a resource about specific language impairment for children, families and educators.
As is often the case, it is the young people themselves who provide the most compelling viewing as they explain what it is like to have a specific language impairment. The use of video also tells you a lot about context – for example the bookshelves behind the practitioners in the 'Signs of SLI' video hold an eclectic mix of material from joke books to textbooks on vocabulary and language development, to professional standards – a reminder of the everyday but complex process required to put theory into real world practice.