The ASLTIP conference 2015 is taking place on the 21st March 2015 in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ealing, London. We have chosen an exciting title and theme: Talking Technology. Current Trends in Speech and Language Therapy. We are happy to announce that the programme has been set up and today we would like to share with you the first 5 profiles of our wonderful speakers!
Here they are:
Professor Jane Marshall is a member of the School of Health at City University London. She is a speech and language therapist, who specialises in aphasia research. Jane has investigated numerous aspects of aphasia including sentence processing impairments, jargon aphasia and aphasia in Deaf users of British Sign Language. Much of her research has focused on the clinical needs of people with aphasia and their remediation. Her current research is investigating technological applications in aphasia therapy.
Yvonne Wren is a Research Fellow at the Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit and also the Founder and Director of ChildSpeech, an independent speech and language therapy service in the Southwest. Her research focuses on speech development and impairment in children.
Before working independently, Sarah worked in the NHS for 15 years specialising in the areas of aphasia and brain injury. I also set up the Frenchay Computer Assessment & Training Service in 2000 and worked for 10 years as an assessor at the Frenchay Communication Aid Centre. In 2001 Sarah set up what is now the Computers in Therapy Clinical Excellence Network and still serve on the committee. She is an RCSLT advisor in the areas of AAC and computer therapy. For the past 4 years Sarah have been working on the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia’s Aphasia Software Finder website and is the therapist on the project responsible for the app descriptions & evidence links on the site.
Dr Rebecca Matthews has practised as a Speech & Language Therapist since she qualified from University College London in 1984 working in a variety of clinical environments in the UK and abroad and with a wide variety of communication impairments both adult and paediatric. In 2002, Rebecca set up Speech Sort Ltd, an independent Speech & Language Therapy Practice. In 2014 Rebecca completed her doctorate in clinical communication studies from UCL; her research investigated the acceptability of providing a Speech & Language Therapy service using Skype to school aged language impaired children.
Angela Bower, SLT is project coordinator for ‘bags of ability’ at Mencap. The Bags of Ability programme is based around a sensory story based approach, which uses a ‘reading time’ format with story related play techniques for developing the language and communication skills of young children aged between 2 – 7 years. Angela worked collaboratively with Insane Logic to look at ways that using MyChoicePad, a communication app for the iPad, could enhance the therapeutic approach.
We will publish the next 5 speaker’s profile next week! Stay tuned!
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