October 16, 2018

Speech acquisition posters

We have just created some speech acquisition posters that graphically present findings from our recent outlined in the following paper:
McLeod, S. & Crowe, K. (2018). Children’s consonant acquisition in 27 languages: A cross-linguistic review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Advance online publication doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-17-0100
The journal article can be downloaded for free here:

The posters can be downloaded for free here:

More information and resources about speech acquisition is available from our Multilingual Children's Speech website:

October 14, 2018

Online course about Intelligibility Enhancement for multilingual speakers

Helen Blake has just presented a continuing professional development (CPD) course for Speech Pathology Australia titled: "Updating accent modification practice: Intelligibility Enhancement for multilingual speakers". It was presented as a live online course, but is available until October 2020: https://www.cpdlive.com/speechpath/seminars4/7633/9242/Intelligibility-Enhancement-in-English-for-multilingual-speakers.html&Display__this=Y
Here is the abstract:
This event aims to support speech-language pathologists working with multilingual adults to enhance their intelligibility in English. As in any area of clinical practice, clinicians working in Intelligibility Enhancement (also known as accent modification or pronunciation training) need information not only to make appropriate clinical decisions, but also to better understand the needs of clients in order to advocate for and empower them. This webinar will review the literature and terminology relating to Intelligibility Enhancement and multilingual speakers in Australia. Presentation of principles for assessment and intervention will be supplemented with specific examples from different languages.
Here is Helen's author bio:
Helen L Blake is an associate lecturer in speech pathology at University of Technology, Sydney. A certified practicing speech pathologist, she is a member of the working party that developed Speech Pathology Australia’s national position paper and clinical guidelines "working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society" and a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech. Helen is finalising her PhD at Charles Sturt University supported by an Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship where she is researching English proficiency, intelligibility, and participation of multilingual speakers in Australia. Helen has previously lead the Speech Intelligibility Clinic, University of Newcastle. Helen’s work in Intelligibility Enhancement in multilingual speakers is informed by her previous role as a standardisation officer in Air Traffic Control.

October 8, 2018

In the news

As a result of our recent awards, Charles Sturt University have issued the following media releases:

1. National double acclaim for CSU speech, language and hearing team

2. International award for ‘Best Paper’ in top speech pathology journal
The original article is here: https://jslhr.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2643351

3. Additionally The University of Sydney issued a media release about a recent research paper about dummies, bottles and breastfeeding:
Dummies not to blame for common speech disorder in kids
The original article is here: https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/492469

There has been a lot of national media interest and our colleagues Dr Elise Baker and Dr Sarah Masso have had many interviews including: