May 8, 2014

Professor Sue Roulstone visits Australia (and Bathurst)

Professor Sue Roulstone, from the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK  is visiting Australia for a few weeks. She is an invited keynote speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia national conference. In addition, she is working with members of the Sound Start Study team (Sue is a co-investigator on the grant) and spending time at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst.
Sue and Sharynne enjoying Bathurst's autumnal weather
Today, Thursday 8th May, Sue presented a seminar to speech pathologists from across the Central West of New South Wales. The audience had traveled for hours, coming from places including Parkes, Mudgee, Orange, Dubbo, Lithgow, Canowindra, and Cowra. Here is the title, abstract, and her biography:

Mapping research onto practice with preschool children with primary speech and language impairments
The session will provide an opportunity to compare speech-language pathology practice in Australia with that identified in the Child Talk research programme in England. The focus of Child Talk is on speech pathology-led interventions for preschool children with PSLI, examining the research evidence as it pertains to current practice, with the aim of developing an evidence-based framework. The session will present key findings from the research programme including a typology of therapy and the perspectives of children and parents on interventions.
Professor Sue Roulstone with speech pathologists from the Central West
Sue Roulstone is Emeritus Professor of Speech & Language Therapy at the University of the West of England, Bristol and a co-Dirctor of the Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit. Sue has worked as a speech and language therapist, a manager, a researcher and an educator and was Chair of the UK Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists from 2006-2009. Her research interests include child and family perspectives, professional judgement and evaluation of speech and language therapy. She was a core member of the national research programme commissioned by the UK government following the Bercow Review of Services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (the Better Communication Research Programme) and is currently completing work on a large research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research to develop an evidence-based framework of interventions for preschool children.