My work is driven by a fascination with mechanisms of language acquisition and language impairment in children. This motivates me to explore what language acquisition in typically developing children can tell us about factors underpinning language impairment, and to search cross-linguistically and across bilingual populations for evidence of these factors. I take an emergentist view of language acquisition, i.e. that different emerging skills underpinning language interact with each other and with characteristics of environmental input to influence outcome.
Qualified Speech and Language Therapist with interests and experience in paediatrics
Degree Programme Director, BSc Speech & Language Sciences
Lecturer, University of Reading
Member of Royal College of Speech and language Therapists
Member of Health Professions Council
Some knowledge of German
Early characteristics of language impairment.
Assessment of children's language.
The assessment and treatment of language impaired children from bilingual backgrounds.
New Reynell Developmental Language Scales (NRDLS): Redevelopment and re-standardisation of the Reynell Developmental Language Scales (4th Edition).
Multilingual Toolkit for working on children's language assessment in languages other than English.
Funded seminar series: Assessment of children from a bi- or multilingual context at risk for language impairment.
Explorarion of aspects of child language acquisition, using database devbeloped for NRDLS.
Specific aspects of bilingual language acquisition
Language assessment in children.
Language impairment in children.
Bilingual language development and impairment in bilingual children.
gl-assessment: 'The New Reynell': Redevelopment and re-standardisation of the Reynell Developmental Language Scales (4th Edition). £134,000
ESRC Seminar series: Assessment of children from a bi- or multilingual context at risk for language impairment. £15,000
The School Age Child;
Child language impairment: case-based problem solving;
Child language acquisition;
Research supervision at undergraduate, masters and MPhil/PhD levels.
As above, for MSc in language Pathology