January 22, 2018

Working with Dr Audrey Wang

Next week Dr Audrey Wang's postdoctoral research fellowship ends. Over her time working at CSU I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Audrey on numerous grants and publications. She also has co-supervised and supported many of my PhD students (including Dr Sarah Masso and Dr Suzanne Hopf) and has taught them their EER502 Quantitative Research Methods. Here is a list of publications and grants we have worked on together. I look forward to future collaborations.
Journal articles
1. Wang, C., Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S., Walker, S., & Spilt, J. L. (2017, in press). Can teacher-child relationships support human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, education, and participation? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
2. Hopf, S. C., McLeod, S., McDonagh, S., Wang, C., & Rakanace, E. (2017, in press). Communication disability in Fiji: Community self-help and help-seeking support. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. doi:10.1080/17549507.2017.1337226
3. Masso, S., Baker, E., McLeod, S., & Wang, C. (2017). Polysyllable speech accuracy and predictors of later literacy development in preschool children with speech sound disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1877-1890. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0171
4. Masso, S., McLeod, S., Wang, A. & Baker, E., & McCormack, J. (2017). Longitudinal changes in polysyllable maturity of preschool children with speech sound disorders. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 31, 424-439. doi:10.1080/02699206.2017.1305450

with 3 additional manuscripts in submission. 
Commissioned reports
5. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Wang, C. & Verdon, S. (2017). Indigenous Australian children’s speech and language: Academic outcomes and access to services. Technical report. Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.
6. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., & Wang, C. (2015). NAPLAN outcomes for children identified with speech and language difficulties at age 4 to 5 years: Initial Report. Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.
7. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., & Wang, C. (2015). NAPLAN outcomes for children identified with speech and language difficulties in early childhood: Second Report. Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.
Grants
8. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Wang, C. & Verdon, S. (2017). Indigenous Australian children’s speech and language: Academic outcomes and access to services. Commissioned research by Speech Pathology Australia.
9. McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Wang, C. (2015). NAPLAN outcomes and trajectories for children identified with speech and language difficulties at age 4 to 5 years. Commissioned research by Speech Pathology Australia.

Waiting for speech pathology website - under construction

During December and January we have been meant to be on leave; however, with deadlines looming for the beginning of our Waiting for Speech Pathology randomised controlled trial, we have had to finalise the website (one of the intervention conditions for the participants). Nicole McGill has been busily working on the content, cartoons, related websites and running focus groups.  Katrina Rohr,  Angela Roberts and Emily Davis have been working on creating handouts. Kate Hennessy has been creating the site. The rest of the team has been providing feedback on all of the processes. The website won't be publicly available until 2019 (after testing in our research), but here is a glimpse of how it currently looks.
Website home page
Cartoon created by Nicole McGill

Visit from Bronwyn Hemsley

Yesterday Prof. Bronwyn Hemsley visited Bathurst. We discussed many things including her new appointment as Chair of Speech Pathology Masters Program at @UTSEngage Graduate School of Health. We also planned a social media campaign for the special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (#StandUp4HumanRights, #SpeakUp4CommRights). She also gave me another Twitter lesson. It was great to catch up in Bathurst.

January 20, 2018

First publications for 2018

At the end of 2017 my colleagues and I had 8 papers that had been accepted but were still in press (some had been accepted in 2016). It is great to see two of these are now published with 2018 publication dates:
  1. Hopf, S. C., McLeod, S. & McDonagh, S. H. (2018). Linguistic multi-competence of Fiji school students and their conversational partners. International Journal of Multilingualism, 15(1), 72-91. doi:10.1080/14790718.2016.1241256
    Free access: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/dF57kmKWGJWdv8qpW9WB/full
  2. Masso, S., McLeod, S. & Baker, E. (2018). Tutorial: Assessment and analysis of polysyllables in young children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 49, 42-58. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-16-0047
    http://lshss.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2668005
These papers were written with Dr Suzanne Hopf and Dr Sarah Masso as part of their PhD theses.

January 4, 2018

Exciting developments for speech therapy in Vietnam

Over the past few days Professor Lindy McAllister has been visiting and sharing updates about the speech therapy profession in Vietnam and the involvement of the Trinh Foundation. Plans are underway to begin new masters and bachelors courses. This will bolster speech therapy and provide further recognition of this profession in Vietnam.
The Trinh Foundation Annual Report for 2017 is here, and includes mention of Ben Pham and myself.
Sharynne, Prof Lindy McAllister, Ben Pham