September 6, 2013

June - August 2013 Summary

‘Speaking my language: International speech acquisition in Australia’ 
Written by Kim Woodland, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education for the RIPPLE Update

During June, Sharynne volunteered for two weeks at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University in Vietnam, lecturing in the speech sound disorders class, and delivering a professional development lecture to graduate and student speech therapists. She also took the opportunity to improve her grasp of the complex Vietnamese language and assisted Dr Ly Kha Nguyen, a phonetics and linguistics lecturer at the University, to analyse data of typical Vietnamese speech acquisition in over 1,000 children in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas.

In late June, Sharynne attended the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, where she co-presented a range of papers with her students and colleagues. She delivered the prestigious Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture, and received the Elizabeth Usher Award for 2013 which was presented at the conference.

Sharynne travelled to Vancouver, Canada, in August, to present lessons learned from her Future Fellowship in an invited presentation: Children’s speech development in many languages: Strategies for telling the world what we have learned. She presented to the Knowledge Mobilization for an International Crosslinguistic Study of Children’s Speech Development Meeting at the University of British Columbia. The Meeting brought together 60 people from around the world who have been involved in an international study of children’s speech development.

Next stop was Anadolu University in Turkey, to meet with researchers, deliver an invited presentation, and work with speech-language pathologists to review the Turkish version of the International Speech Screen.

Researchers from the Sound Start research project team headed to the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit in the UK in late August to share information about the project, analyse data, plan future data collection, and meet with colleagues.

The team then travelled to Turin, Italy, to attend the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) World Congress. Sharynne chaired four sessions and co-presented several papers. During the Congress, the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology’s (of which Sharynne is Editor) scientific forum on the World Report on Disability was profiled. Sharynne was elected a member of the IALP Board for the next three years.
For more information, please visit Sharynne’s blog: Speaking my languages.
Presenting the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture, June 2013