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Last modified: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:14:39 BST

As part of the Fidelity study we held an event at the Great North Museum to learn what families think is important about research into therapy to help children’s speech. They told us that research to develop effective therapy for speech is vital. Therapy would be effective if:

Close family and friends understood children’s speech better

Children became more confident

Children joined in more activities at school

People who the children don’t know (e.g. people in shops or restaurants) understood their speech better

In the Fidelity study we made recordings of children’s speech before and after the therapy. People listened to recordings and wrote down the words they heard children say. We are working out the difference in the number of words that people could understand before and after the therapy.