July 7, 2020

Children’s rights in the time of COVID-19

Tonight I attended the webinar, “Children’s rights in the time of COVID-19," hosted by Child Rights Connect, Centre for Children's Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group and World Vision International. The webinar took place via Zoom on Tuesday July 7 at 9AM in New York, 2PM in London, 3PM in Brussels... and 11PM in Sydney! It began with an inspiring statement by Nomundari from Mongolia - representing children across the world.

Family holidays

Holidays with family is important and this location is special.

July 3, 2020

Mentoring senior staff

As part of my CSU Senior Research Fellowship I have the honour of mentoring senior staff in the university. Topics include promotion applications, PhD completions, etc. I love it! Here is a photo from my meeting with A. Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko today.
Meeting 2 with A. Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
Here is an example from earlier this week in the UK (https://speakingmylanguages.blogspot.com/2020/07/external-mentor-for-good-to-great-scheme.html)

Multilingual Children's Speech page views in June 2020

The Multilingual Children's Speech website continues to be a resource for the world.
In June 2020 there were 4,857 page views (3,781 unique page views):
Some interesting images from the Google analytics reports are below:

July 2, 2020

FOAE: Beyond 2021


At today's Faculty of Arts and Education Forum Dean John McDonald outlined our new strategic plan for Beyond 2021: https://staff.csu.edu.au/manage-my-employment/sustainable-futures/faculty/arts-ed
We are to be "unified, agentic, enterprising".

Planning Early Childhood Voices - A virtual flipped pop-up conference

The Early Childhood Research Group are planning a virtual flipped pop-up conference titled "Early Childhood Voices". Many great ideas were discussed today.
Planning team - Tamara Cumming, Sharynne McLeod and Nicola Ivory

July 1, 2020

extIPA acknowlegments

extIPA stands for "Extensions to the IPA for the Transcription of Disordered Speech" and the current version is dated 2015 @ICPLA

This evening I was checking the most recent extIPA chart and found that I was mentioned in the acknowledgments for my suggestions regarding the revisions to the extIPA.
Ball, M. J., Howard, S. J., & Miller, K. (2018). Revisions to the extIPA chart. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 48(2), 155-164. doi:10.1017/S0025100317000147




External mentor for "Good to Great" scheme

Dr Julie Marshall is one of 20 people from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) to be selected for the "Good to Great" scheme aimed to develop leadership skills, research collaborations, new skills and knowledge. I have been appointed as Julie's external mentor as part of the scheme. We had our first official meeting today, where we discussed Julie's alignment with the United Nations including her important work with UNHDR in Rwanda. Here is a paper that Julie and colleagues wrote in 2018 that I presented as part of my speech at COSP12 at the United Nations in 2019:

Marshall, J., & Barrett, H. (2018). Human rights of refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence with communication disability. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(1), 44-49. doi:10.1080/17549507.2017.1392608

June 29, 2020

VietSpeech Study 2 Writing Retreat


This week the VietSpeech team are having a writing retreat to analyse and write up papers from Study 2. The VietSpeech grant was announced in 2017 (see here) and we have been working on it since 2018. We have finished Study 1 and are also working on Studies 3 and 4.

This week the following people are meeting together virtually:
  • Sharynne McLeod (Bathurst)
  • Sarah Verdon(Albury)
  • Van Tran (Sydney)
  • Audrey (Cen) Wang (Bathurst)
  • Ben Pham (Ha Noi, Vietnam)
  • Kate Margetson (Sydney)
  • Katherine White (Sydney)
  • Holly McAlister (Albury)
Some highlights:
  • The diversity of our team and the richness of discussions
  • Theoretical and clinical discussions about "What is correct speech?" 
  • Discussions about considering both directions of cross-linguistic transfer 
  • Cameo appearances from our children, pets, and others
Monday morning's meeting
Holly discussed similarities between Fiji English and Vietnamese English
(and shared Hopf, McLeod and Geraghty)
Van created venn diagrams during Tuesday's discussion about "what is correct speech
Wednesday morning's meeting
Van taught us how to cook chokos and to cut up oranges in a Vietnamese way
(and to eat them with salt and chilli)
Ben gave many insights from Vietnam - and told us of her successful national grant (congratulations!)
Kate and Katherine created a form that clinicians could use to compare cross-linguistic vs developmental mismatches
Thursday morning meeting
Writing, thinking, talking, writing...
Friday's meeting - with Sadie studying the figure very carefully
Friday's meeting

June 26, 2020

Health and Wellbeing in Childhood - Third Edition

My copy of Health and Wellbeing in Childhood - Third Edition has just arrived in the mail. It is so new it is not even on the Cambridge University Press website yet.

Here are the chapters I have co-authored with Jane McCormack:
  • McCormack, J. & McLeod, S. (2020). Classifying health and wellbeing: Applying the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to early years learners. In S. Garvis & D. Pendergast (Eds). Health and wellbeing in childhood (3rd ed.) (pp. 20-34). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press. 
  • McCormack, J. & McLeod, S. (2020). Communication development. In S. Garvis & D. Pendergast (Eds). Health and wellbeing in childhood (3rd ed.) (pp. 132-153). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press. 
They have been substantially updated since the second edition - and the chapter on communication development includes case studies based around children's drawings.