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Good communication from birth is the key to good communication in future  

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children painting
Professor Sue Roulstone, from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research and Director of the Speech and Language therapy Research Unit, has led a research project identifying the impact of children's early communication environment on their educational development and communication skills in later life.

This project was led by Professor Sue Roulstone, Underwood Trust Professor of Language and Communication Impairment at UWE, in collaboration with Professor Tim Peters from the University of Bristol, Professor James Law from Newcastle University, Dr Robert Rush from the Queen Margaret University and Dr Judy Clegg from the University of Sheffield.

The report published today shows that certain aspects of a child's early upbringing - up to two years old - such as having children's books around and not having the television on too much, can have a positive effect on their success when they start school.

Professor Roulstone said that, "The main message is that, as parents, we can have an impact on how our children learn to talk by providing a range of communication experiences. And the better our children are at talking by the age of two years, the better they will do when they start school.”

For further information read the full UWE press release here

CAR members attend the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image 

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Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) attended the launch of an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image on 18 May at the House of Commons. The group will examine the causes of negative body image and aims to engage with members of the advertising, fashion, and media industries to look at ways of promoting body confidence. CAR Research Fellow Dr Phillippa Diedrichs was invited to give a presentation as the CAR representative for the Campaign for Body Confidence.

Dr Diedrichs hopes that the APPG will provide a political platform to advocate for increased funding into body image research and positive body image interventions in schools.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs with MPs and body image campaigners

Phillippa with MP’s and body image campaigners
Front L-R: Lynne Fetherstone MP, Phillippa Diedrichs (CAR), Rosi Prescott (Central YMCA CEO), Mary Glindon MP.
Back L-R: Suzie Orbach, Caryn Franklin, Caroline Nokes MP, Jo Swinson MP.

For more information about the event visit the
Campaign for Body Confidence website.
Click here for more information about Dr Phillippa Diedrichs’ research