August 20, 2019

Anna Cronin: Member of IALP Craniofacial Dysmorphias Committee

Congratulations Anna Cronin on becoming a member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Craniofacial Dysmorphias and Other Related Syndromes Committee. This is a testament to your expertise and ability to support children with cleft lip and palate throughout the world. Anna met with other esteemed colleagues in the field at the IALP conference today including: Valerie Pereira, Debbie Sell, Triona Sweeney, Alice Lee and Fuji Yuriwara.

VietSpeech presentations at IALP

Our VietSpeech team are presenting a number of different papers and posters during the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) conference. Here are some photos from our presentations.
IALP President, Lily Cheng viewing our VietSpeech poster with Dr Sarah Verdon and Prof Sharynne McLeod
Dr Sarah Verdon presenting a paper on the Vietnamese Language Screener
  • McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of adults’ and children’s speech when you don’t speak their language 
  • McLeod, S., Verdon, S., Wang, C., & Tran, V. H. (2019) Factors supporting language maintenance amongst the Vietnamese community in Australia 
  • Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019) Assessing Vietnamese children's intelligibility and speech sounds 
  • Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of tone. 
  • Tran, V. H., Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wang, C. (2019). Maintaining children’s home languages to support communicative participation (poster) http://miceposter.com/poster/display_poster/710
  • Verdon, S. et al. (2019). Development and validation of the Vietnamese Language Screener.

August 18, 2019

International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) World Congress in Taiwan

This week (18-22 August, 2019) is the 31st World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) in Taipei, Taiwan (http://www.ialptaipei2019.org/). IALP is auspiced by the World Health Organization, and most professional associations across the world that are associated with speech, language and hearing attend. The 2019 Congress has been attended by 1000 delegates from 46 countries. 2024 will be the 100th anniversary of IALP.

I am the deputy chair of the IALP Child Speech committee. Dr Yvonne Wren, the chair, is unable to attend, so I have chaired our tri-annual meeting, and presented and chaired sessions on behalf of the committee. I also be represented Speech Pathology Australia in the voting during the General Assembly.

Our team are presenting the following papers:
  1. Cronin, A., McLeod, S. & Verdon, S. (2019, August). Holistic assessment of young children with cleft lip and palate using the ICF-CY 
  2. McLeod, S. (2019) Transcription of adults’ and children’s speech when you don’t speak their language 
  3. McLeod, S., Verdon, S., Wang, C., & Tran, V. H. (2019) Factors supporting language maintenance amongst the Vietnamese community in Australia 
  4. Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019, August) Assessing Vietnamese children's intelligibility and speech sounds 
  5. Pham, B. & McLeod, S. (2019, August) Transcription of tone. 
  6. Wren, Y. (presented by S. McLeod) Place of automatic speech recognition for assessing speech disorders. 
  7. Tran, V. H., Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Wang, C. (2019, August). Maintaining children’s home languages to support communicative participation (URL below)
  8. http://miceposter.com/poster/display_poster/710
The conference venue (left) near the East Gate (right)
IALP Child Speech Committee Meeting (Susan Rvachew, Helen Grech, Sharynne McLeod, Sarah and Sadie Verdon)
Belinda Hill (Vice President, Speech Pathology Australia) bearing the Australian flag at the opening flag ceremony

August 16, 2019

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Award for 2108

Wow! Kate Crowe and I have been awarded the prestigous American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Award for 2108 for the following article.

McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018). Children’s consonant acquisition in 27 languages: A cross-linguistic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27, 1546-1571. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0100
Available: https://ajslp.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2701897

Here is the email from Mike Cannon from ASHA
Congratulations! The editor-in-chief and editors of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology have selected your article, “Children's Consonant Acquisition in 27 languages: A Cross-Linguistic Review,” as the winner of the 2018 Editor’s Award. An Editor’s Award is truly a high honor, with selection limited to the most impactful works that meet the highest quality standards in research design and presentation. The award will be presented during the Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) at the 2019 ASHA Convention in Orlando, FL. It will also be mentioned during the main awards ceremony at Convention...
This is doubly exciting because last year, we won the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: Speech Editor's Award from the same association.

Free graphics summarizing a portion of the paper:

August 9, 2019

SpeakOUT article about our presentations at the United Nations

Speech Pathology Australia's August edition of SpeakOut has an article about our presentations at the United Nations
https://speechpathologyaustralia.cld.bz/Speak-Out-August-2019-Digital-Edition

Dr Michelle Brown's SpeakUp podcast

Dr Michelle Brown's SpeakUp podcast titled "Reading with babies" is available here:
https://soundcloud.com/speechpathologyaustralia/reading-with-babies-s01-ep06%20
There have been over 600 downloads in 24 hours!
More details (including the transcript) are here (podcast number 6).
Congratulations Michelle!

August 5, 2019

Free anatomy illustrations

Free anatomy illustrations are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/183023411@N05/albums/72157709985500771
They are useful for teaching as well as for working with clients.

Listen to the sounds of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

A wonderful resource has just been announced on Twitter
https://linguistics.ucla.edu/people/keating/IPA/inter_chart_2018/IPA_2018.html
Every sound on the IPA chart is spoken by renowned phoneticians.
This is very useful for speech pathologists, linguists, TESOL educators, and many others.

Welcome back Sarah and Audrey

This week, Dr Sarah Verdon and Dr Audrey Wang have returned from leave. It is wonderful to have them back and working on our many projects together.

August 1, 2019

School of Teacher Education Research Working Group

Dr Helen Logan is chair of the Charles Sturt University School of Teacher Education (SOTE) Research Working Group and I am deputy chair. The committee meets regularly, and we also have a number of meetings at the Faculty level, including the Faculty of Arts and Education Research and Graduate Studies Committee. Currently we are on a Honours Working Party providing advice to the University. It is good to have a voice on research issues.
Sharynne McLeod (deputy chair) and Helen Logan (chair)