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Continuing Professional Development

Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies.


A CPD on Bilingualism and Language Impairment, November 2nd 2017.

Date & Time: 2nd November, 2pm to 5 pm

Cost: 30euro

Location: Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College Dublin, room 103/104.

The course is organised in three blocks (1 hour each) covering both practice and theories. SLTs will work on assessments freely available for practices and will reflect on how to approach the Multilanguage contexts. Materials for the workshop are provided.

Topics covered:

Reviewing services with model practice and support practice on Bilingualism in SLTs services; Assessment materials – most notably the Bilingual Aphasia Test, Test for receptive grammar and Test for narrative skills

Supporting the home language of bilingual children with developmental disabilities, promoting an active dialogue with families.

The dynamic of language impairment. How to track language progress and the importance of the exposure. New scenarios for the therapy.



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3rd November 2017


The course is organised in three blocks covering both practice and theories. Teachers will work on how to track language profiles with tools freely available for practices and will reflect on how to integrate the home language in the class setting. Materials for the workshop are all provided.

Topics covered:

The bilingual classroom, integration of new speakers and typical problems. How to support speaking and reading abilities? The importance of the classroom context and how to identify a language impairment in a bilingual speaker.

Supporting the home language of bilingual children with developmental disabilities, promoting an active dialogue with families.

Two or More Languages in Early Childhood: Some General Points and Practical Recommendations to be implemented a school.

Date & Time: 3rd November, 10am to 1pm.

Location: Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies

Cost: 30euro




Day: Thursday 9th November 2017

Time: 9am-4pm

Fee: Standard rate: 40euro

Practice Educator rate 2017/2018: 20euro




*Course is now closed for application*



This continuous professional development (CPD) online course has been developed by the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin. The clinically focused course aims to provide qualified speech and language therapists and other healthcare professionals with the opportunity to develop their understanding of instrumental dysphagia examinations. Whether you have access to instrumentation or you come across these examinations in the research literature, this course will equip you with up to date knowledge on instrumental evaluations employed in dysphagia clinical practice and research.

On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be aware of the indications for an instrumental  dysphagia evaluation
  2. Be familiar with the purposes of the instrumental dysphagia evaluations employed in research and clinical practice
  3. Have knowledge of resources and protocols required to complete dysphagia instrumental examinations
  4. Be familiar with the analysis of data from instrumental dysphagia examinations
  5. Recognise the advantages and limitations of various instrumental  dysphagia evaluations

This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend at the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students get weekly online access to learning materials and must study these materials and complete activities set each week by the lecturer.

Please note this course does not provide a professional qualification to work in the field of dysphagia. Certificates of participation will be provided to students who complete the course. 

Course Organisation
The online course is delivered over a two week period where learning materials are released each Monday. These materials include videos, interactive presentations, relevant literature and short quizzes.

Course Modules
The course includes one module with two weekly sessions. These sessions include:

Session 1: Biomechanical Instrumental Examinations
A.      Introduction to Instrumental Dysphagia Examinations
B.      Radiological Tests
C.      Endoscopic Exams

Session 2: Physiological Instrumental Examinations
D.      Gastroenterological Exams
E.       Neurophysiological Tests
F.       Protocols: Basic Principles
G.     The Importance of Test Validation  
H.      Conclusion
There is no formal assessment for this course. However, students must engage with all online learning materials provided before a certificate of participation is achieved.
CPD Information
This online course can be considered towards CPD for professionals associated with CORU. The online course will provide 6 CPD credits

Course enquiries: Dr Margaret Walshe -

Closing date for applications: 11th September 2017



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