April 8, 2020

Page proofs

This week I have enjoyed working with my PhD students to check the page proofs for their recently accepted manuscripts based on work from their PhDs. Congratulations Anna Cronin and Nicole McGill (and supervisory teams):
  • 1. McGill, N., Crowe, K., & McLeod, S. (2020, in press March). “Many wasted months”: Stakeholders’ perspectives about waiting for speech-language pathology services. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • 2. Cronin, A., McLeod, S., & Verdon, S. (2020, in press February). Applying the ICF-CY to expert SLPs’ practice with toddlers with cleft palate speech. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Last week we checked the page proofs for our manuscript based on the NSW Health Translational Research Grant with colleagues from CSU and speech pathologists from the Central West of NSW:
  • 3. McLeod, S., Davis, E., Rohr, K., McGill, N., Miller, K., Roberts, A., Thornton, S., Ahio, N., & Ivory, N. (2020, in press February). Waiting for speech-language pathology services: A randomised controlled trial comparing device, advice, and therapy. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2020.1731600 
I look forward to seeing all of these papers online soon.

Easter bonnet morning tea

This morning Dr Tamara Cumming organised another School of Teacher Education Morning Tea. We typically meet face-to-face every month or two, but now we are meeting virtually (and more regularly). This morning's catch up had an Easter bonnet (hat) theme. We all loved chatting with one another and playing with our virtual backgrounds. My Easter hat was inspired by our VietSpeech project and Dr Ben Pham and her family.
School of Teacher Education Easter bonnet morning tea
Sharynne's Vietnamese-inspired Easter bonnet

April 7, 2020

CSU Student Support Grant - $1million

Today the Charles Sturt University Vice Chancellor announced:
Today, we announce a one million dollar student support grant for those affected by COVID-19. Grants will be allocated to those students assessed as most in need to a maximum of $500 each for a fulltime student and pro-rata for a student who has less than a full-time study load. The support grant is part of a wider support package that includes new online support sessions, one-on-one case management and a revamped introduction to learning online.
https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/fees/costs-fees/scholarships-grants/find-scholarship/equity/covid-19-study-support-grant

April 6, 2020

Publications using data from LSAC, LSIC, and BNLA

Our SLM team have published the following papers using data from the Australian Government Longitudinal Studies (CSU authors are in bold). It has been an amazing source of data to answer many fundamental questions about children's speech and language and has been used to inform policy and practice over the past decade.

1. LSAC, LSIC and BNLA studies
Book chapter
McLeod, S., McCormack, J., & Blake, H. L. (2019, in press December). Communication, participation and cohort studies. In J. Law, S. Reilly & C. McKean (Eds.). Handbook of language development in a social context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  

2. Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
Book chapter
Daniel, G., Wang, C., Murray, E., Harrison, L. J. (2017). School choice and parent involvement among Australian children starting school.  In S. Dockett., W. Griebel., & B. Perry (Eds). Families and Transition to School (pp. 131-143). Dordrecht: Springer.
Journal articles 
Daniel, G.,Wang, C. (2017). Inclusion and the practice of repeating Kindergarten in Australia. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 22, 57-69. doi: 10.1080/19404158.2017.1367152  
Daniel, G., Wang, C., & Berthelsen, D. (2016). Early school-based parent involvement, children’s self-regulated learning and academic achievement: An Australian longitudinal study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 168-177. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.12.016  
Harrison, L. J. & McLeod, S. (2010). Risk and protective factors associated with speech and language impairment in a nationally representative sample of 4- to 5-year-old children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53(2), 508-529.
Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S., Berthelsen, D., & Walker, S. (2009). Literacy, numeracy and learning in school-aged children identified as having speech and language impairment in early childhood. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11(5), 392-403.
McCormack, J., Harrison, L. J., McLeod, S. & McAllister, L. (2011). A nationally representative study of the association between communication impairment at 4-5 years and children's life activities at 7-9 years. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54(5), 1328-1348.  doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2011/10-0155)
McLeod, S. & Harrison, L. J. (2009). Epidemiology of speech and language impairment in a nationally representative sample of 4- to 5-year-old children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(5), 1213-1229.
McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J.,Wang, C. (2019). A longitudinal population study of literacy and numeracy outcomes for children identified with speech, language, and communication needs in early childhood. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 47, 507-517doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.07.004 
McLeod, S., Harrison, L. J., Whiteford, C., & Walker, S. (2016). Multilingualism and speech-language competence in early childhood: Impact on academic and social-emotional outcomes at school. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 34, 53-66. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.08.005
Shahaeian, A., Wang. C., Tucker-Drob, E., Geiger, V., Bus, A., & Harrison, L. (2018). Early shared reading, socioeconomic status, and children’s cognitive and school competencies: Six years of longitudinal evidence. Scientific Studies of Reading, 22, 485-502. doi: 10.1080/10888438.2018.1482901 
Wang, C., Harrison, L., McLeod, S., Walker, S., & Spilt, J. (2018). Can teacher-child relationships support human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, education, and participation? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology20, 133-141. doi:10.1080/17549507.2018.1408855 
Wang, C., Hatzigianni, M., Shahaeian, A., Murray, E., & Harrison, L. (2016). The combined effects of teacher-child and peer relationships on children’s social-emotional adjustment. Journal of School Psychology, 59, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2016.09.003  
Wang, C., Williams, K., Shahaeian, A., & Harrison, L. (2018). Early predictors of escalating internalizing problems across middle childhood. School Psychology Quarterly, 33, 200-212. doi:10.1037/spq0000218   

3. Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)
Journal articles
McLeod, S., Verdon, S., & Bennetts Kneebone, L. (2014). Celebrating young Indigenous Australian children’s speech and language competence. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(2), 118-131. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.11.003
Verdon, S., & McLeod, S. (2015). Indigenous language learning and maintenance among young Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. International Journal of Early Childhood, 47(1), 153-170. doi:10.1007/s13158-015-0131-3
Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Winsler, A. (2014b). Linguistic diversity among Australian children in the first five years of life. Speech, Language, and Hearing, 17(4), 196-203. doi:10.1179/2050572814Y.0000000038
Verdon, S., McLeod, S., & Winsler, A. (2014a). Language maintenance and loss in a population study of young Australian children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 168-181. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.12.003
Government reports
McLeod, S. & Verdon, S. (2015). Longitudinal patterns of language use, diversity, support, and competence. In Department of Social Services (Ed.). Footprints in Time: Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children Report from Wave 5 (pp. 66-70). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. ISBN: 978-1-925007-73-2

4. Building New Life in Australia (BLNA)
Blake, H. L., Bennetts Kneebone, L. & McLeod, S. (2019). The impact of oral English proficiency on humanitarian migrants’ experiences of settling in Australia. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 22(6), 689-705, doi:10.1080/13670050.2017.1294557

April 3, 2020

CSU Accelerating with Zoom

During the past week I have attended two Charles Sturt University seminars about using Zoom.
  • Zoom Essentials (88 participants)
  • Accelerating with Zoom (68 participants)
Both seminars have been excellent. We have learned about annotating, reactions, scheduleing, polls, screensharing, recordings, transcripts, closed captioning, breakout rooms, document cameras, sharing video files (with sound) etc.Thanks Prue Gonzalez and team.

April 2, 2020

Telepractice webinar from UTS

This afternoon I attended a very informative webinar by University of Technology (UTS) Speech Pathology titled "Rapid Transition to Telepractice". The free seminar was presented to 182 allied health professionals from across the world by Prof Bronwyn Hemsley, Dr Lucy Bryant, and Harmony Turnbull. Thanks for your generosity and collegiality during the COVID-19 changes to service delivery for allied health professionals.

New ways of supporting children with SSD

Today Emily Davies (Western NSW Health), Prof Kirrie Ballard (University of Sydney) and I had a wonderful 1.5-hour brainstorm about new ways of supporting children with speech sound disorders during these challenging times. Kirrie and I had another brainstorm earlier in the week sharing new knowledge we have been creating in separate research projects.

Cancelled/postponed conference presentations

Our SLM team had planned to present many papers at conferences during 2020. Most conferences have been cancelled or postponed. Here is what we had planned to present in 2020:

Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Scientific Conference (Cardiff, UK, April 2020) (postponed)
  1. McLeod, S. (2020, April). Communication rights, ability, and participation [invited keynote]. Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland Annual Scientific Conference, Cardiff, Wales, UK (conference cancelled).
Speech Pathology Australia National Conference (Darwin, May 2020)(postponed until May 2021)
  1. McGill, N., McLeod, S., Crowe, K., & Hopf, S. C. (2020, May). Waiting list management strategies for speech pathologists: Summary of evidence [conference session]. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Darwin, Australia (conference cancelled). 
  2. Van Doornik, A., McLeod, S., Terband, H., & Gerrits, E. (2020, May). The severity of speech sound disorders [conference session]. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Darwin, Australia (conference cancelled). 
  3. Wang, C. McLeod, S., Verdon, S. & Tran, V. T. (2020, May). Engaging in global speech pathology practice with multilingual clients: Vietnamese-Australian adults’ bilingual proficiency profiles [conference session]. Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Darwin, Australia (conference cancelled). 
International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, (Brisbane, Australia, July 2020) (postponed until July 2021)
  1. Crowe, K. (2021, July). Single case experimental design. In K. Crowe & J. Trussell (Chair), Evidence-based instruction: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask! Symposium conducted at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Brisbane, Australia. 
  2. Crowe, K., & Trussell, J. (2021, July). Standardized assessments: Promise and pitfalls. In K. Crowe & J. Trussell (Chair), Evidence-based instruction: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask! Symposium conducted at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Brisbane, Australia. 
  3. Guiberson, M., Crowe, K., & Trussell, J. (2021, July). Reading research evidence: Systematic reviews and research quality. In K. Crowe & J. Trussell (Chair), Evidence-based instruction: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask! Symposium conducted at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Brisbane, Australia. 
  4. Smith, T., Trussell, J., & Crowe, K. (2021, July). Growing and sharing the evidence-based instruction knowledge-base. In K. Crowe & J. Trussell (Chair), Evidence-based instruction: Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask! Symposium conducted at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Brisbane, Australia. 

International Conference on Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Bad Ischl, Austria, May 2020) (postponed until May 2021)
  1. Crowe, K., & Guiberson, M. (2021, May). Evidence-based interventions for deaf multilingual learners. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Bad Ischl, Austria. 
  2. Crowe, K., Marschark, M., McLeod, S., & Walton, D. (2021, May). Intelligibility in spoken and signed languages. Poster presented at the 5th International Conference on Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Bad Ischl, Austria.   

SICLE International Conference of Community/Heritage Language Education (Sydney, July 2020) (postponed until April 2021)
  • One abstract submitted
International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference (Glasgow, September 2020)
  • 4 abstracts submitted
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention (San Diego, November 2020)
  • 3 abstracts submitted 
Here is advice from the APA about how to format these entries into our CVs
https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/canceled-conferences

April 1, 2020

Artwork during online meetings

I have been delighted by the way my students and colleagues interact with their children during our meetings while we are all working from home. Here are a few of the lovely drawings their children have created for me.
"Flowers and butterflies"
"A person sitting down"
"r, F and 4"
"The Swirly"

CSU staff Town Hall Meetings

Today the Vice Chancellor and senior executive held a 2-hour Town Hall meeting for 667 people via Zoom. It was an informative, realistic and helpful meeting. Over 70% of CSU staff are now working from home and only 116 students remain living on campus. We discussed the CSU Advantage: that CSU has been working in the distance education and online environment for decades. There will be difficult times ahead - but I was impressed by the vision and thoroughness of CSU's response.