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Continuing Professional Development 2019


Speakaboo: Screening of Speech Development in Multilingual Children

18th February, 4.30-6.30 - Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies

103/104 7-9 South Leinster Street, First floor

Mirjam Blumenthal Presents

Assessing multilingual children under the age of four  is a challenging task. First, all the languages of the child need to be assessed for a  valid result.  Second,  SLTs are often not familiar with the child's mother tongue. Third, necessary articulation screeners for foreign languages are difficult to find or do not exist. Last, young children are often shy and refuse to speak during an assessment, especially when surrounded by multiple strangers. 
We have developed a digital articulation screener that helps therapist elicit words from children in a non-threatening way by letting them play a game on a tablet. A formal or informal interpreter assists the therapist.  All words are recorded by the application and stored in individual patients record where the SLT can re-listen to the recordings, compare them to a native speaker and score the results. Speakaboo is currently available in 14 languages. The course will cover the following:

  • The process of finding the right words and matching pictures, searching for evidence from literature, expert linguists’ opinions and native speakers, will be described.
  • Using videos and exercises
  • Using Speakaboo
  • The interpretation of Speakaboo results will be discussed

The application can be downloaded for free from the Apple AppStore and Google Playstore (Dec. 2018).

Conclusions / take home message
Screening of speech development in young multilingual children’s L1 can be done, even when the SLT does not speak the child’s language.

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Laryngeal Manual Therapy (LMT) for Clients with Muscle Tension Dysphonia: An introductory Workshop

Date: Thursday Feb 28th. 6-8pm for a maximum of 15 people

Location: 103/104 7-9 South Leinster Street, First floor

Title: 'Laryngeal Manual Facilitation: A Workshop'

Speaker: Annelies Labaere

Annelies Labaere, SLT, started her career at the University Hospital of Louvain, where she was involved in the multidisciplinary assessment and management of voice disorders. In 2007, inspired by Alain Piron and Jacob Liebermann, she started using laryngeal manual techniques for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in clients with voice problems. Today she is a full time member of the academic staff and Lecturer at the Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, Thomas More Antwerp. She lectures on voice and voice disorders, is involved in research and organizes the postgraduate programme on voice disorders.

In addition she is engaged in private practice in the area of voice disorders. Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) is a voice disorder with a complex, multifactorial etiology and is often accompanied by vocal tract discomfort. Laryngeal Manual Therapy (LMT) can be used to change habituated muscle tension patterns in the perilaryngeal area. The combination of LMT and vocal exercises can provoke a quick break-through in the treatment of the voice disorder. This workshop will start with an introduction about MTD and the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option including current evidence. Afterwards, there will be some hands-on exercises: participants will learn some (safe) techniques to palpate perilaryngeal muscles assessment and intervention.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to
  • Understand the rationale behind LMT as a treatment option for MTD
  • Understand the need of teamwork in treating complex voice disorders
  • Make a basic evaluation of body posture and tension in perilaryngeal muscles
  • Apply several LMT techniques

Fee: €20

Discounts available for practice educators who are facilitating placements during the academic year 2018-2019. To avail of the discount, please email Katie Griffin Please note that limited places are available at a reduced price

Laryngeal Manual Facilitation: A Workshop

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Language Assessment in Aphasia: The Contribution of Linguistic Theory

Date: Friday 1st March
Time: 4.00-6.00

Location: 103/104 7-9 South Leinster Street, First floor

The course is organised in three blocks covering both practical and theoretical concepts on the interaction between Linguistic theory and Aphasiology. SLTs will work on assessments freely available for practices and will reflect on how to approach Linguistics specific concepts for both language production and comprehension. Materials for the workshop are provided.

First Session 4.00- 4.30: Reviewing services with model practice and support practice on language assessments in people with aphasia. What is the contribution of linguistics theory to language assessment?
Mini activity: practice session on a case of acquired language impairment.

Second Session 4.30-5.15: Assessment materials – most notably the grammatical assessment in the CAT, the NAVS, an on-going project on grammatical evaluation and therapy in people with aphasia.
Mini activity: how to record a grammatical profile, the importance of patient preferences and language contexts of use.

Break 5.15-5.30

Third Session 5.30 - 6.00: A linguistics specific approach to promote language production of complex sentences.
Mini activity: Definitions of protocols and the importance of dynamic tools for tracking language progresses.

What will you learn?
The programme includes:
• Presentation from a leading researcher
• Actionable tips on how you can include best practice in your area
• A practical case study session
• Time for questions and answers
• Networking with other health professionals

Short Bio
Maria Garraffa is Assistant Professor at Heriot- Watt University (Edinburgh) where she teaches and does research on Language Acquisition and Language Impairment. Applied in nature, her research draws upon Linguistics and Cognitive psychology to focus on psychological aspects of language in different socially and cognitive deprived circumstances, such as the case of children with developmental language impairment (DLD) and adults with aphasia. In collaboration with leading scholars, some of her key achievements include the development of the first UK psychological test to assess reading in adults with aphasia (CARA) and a model to investigate vulnerable aspects of language in children with DLD and adults suffering from stroke. Developed in parallel with a core interest for language impairment, her research on multilingualism addresses the effects of early second language learning in immigrants and people speaking heritage languages.
She was Research fellow at Universita’ degli studi di Siena, Universita’ di Trento, Newcastle University and The Edinburgh University.

Fee: €25
Discounts available for practice educators who are facilitating placements during the academic year 2018-2019. To avail of the discount, please email Katie Griffin Please note that limited places are available at a reduced price

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Advanced Professional Development for Practice Educators

Date: Wednesday 10th April 2019, 2-4:30pm

Venue: Room 103/104, Dept of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 7-9 South Leinster Street

This free Advanced Professional Development workshop is offered to Practice Educators who facilitated a TCD student placement in academic year 2018/2019. Your commitment to sharing your professional knowledge and skills and nurturing the next generation of speech and language therapists is really valued and appreciated. Join us for an afternoon of reflective practice, peer learning, and personal learning planning about student placements (2.5 CPD credits). Afternoon tea will be available and the workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Rozanne Barrow.

Please RSVP to Duana -

to book a place.

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