Child Language Committee share their research with SLPs in Russia
The IALP Child Language Committee, together with the support of Moscow Pedagogical State
University and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, hosted a very
successful two day symposium in Moscow, Russia.
The event which focused on assessment and intervention practices in supporting children with
language disorders attracted over 700 participants –The majority of participants attended in
person but over 300 professionals engaged with the symposium via the online broadcast
through Moscow State Pedagogical University.
Symposium participants included university researchers and practitioners in speech-language
therapy as well as other health and education professionals. Delegates were from 30 regions of
the Russian Federation as well as from Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Poland, and
We were warmly welcomed to the symposium by the Deputy Minister of Education and
Science of the Russian Federation T.Yu. Sinyugina, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma
Committee on Education and Science G.G. Onischenko, Vice President of RAO, Academician of
RAO, acting. Director of the FGBICU "ICP RAO" Professor N.N. Malofeev, Director of the
Institute for the Study of Childhood, Family and Education of RAE, Professor Т.V. Volosovets,
and the rector of the Moscow State University, Professor A.V. Lubkov.
Dr Lily Cheng, our IALP President, responded to this generous welcome on behalf of our
committee and in her opening address Dr Cheng also helped raise awareness of IALP’s vision
and mission to the audience.
Emeritus Professor Pam Enderby began the research presentations delivering her keynote
address on the important topic of evidence based practices: Examining the Quality of Speech
and Language Therapy Services for Children with Language Disorders: What Does a Good
Service Look like? Prof Enderby’s keynote was followed by strong presentations form nine of
our Child Language Committee members over the two days (please refer to their research
presentations summaries attached ). Presentations from local experts were interspersed
between Committee members’ presentations.
The committee submitted a draft resolution (see attached) to Moscow Pedagogical State
University and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Moscow from
the key messages in our presentations. This resolution will be considered by leaders in speech
language therapy Russia to help shape further discussions and planning for practices and
services in Russia in supporting children with language disorders.
The Committee members were treated to a wonderful Gala Dinner and fantastic cultural
activities which provided rich opportunities to network with Russian leaders and speech-
language therapists as well as to spend time together as a committee.
We are deeply grateful to our Child Language Committee member, Dr Tatjana Tumanova, from
Moscow Pedagogical State University who helped make this event possible and ensured its
success. It was truly such a privilege to be able to present our research in Moscow and to meet
other researchers and practitioners focused on making a positive difference to the lives of
children with language disorders.
Child Language Committee Chair