Dr Andy Smidt

PhD
Lecturer, Speech Pathology

C43M - M Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

I completed my undergraduate degree in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1988. I worked in a number of positions in the UK mostly working with children and adults with lifelong disabilities. I moved to Australia in 1996 and started a masters degree at the University of Sydney, converting to a PhD which I completed in 2006. Since the completion of my PhD, I have worked in private practice, as a lecturer at Macquarie University and as a consultant.

Research interests

Adults with lifelong disabilities and challenging behaviour, staff training and support and the impact of having a child with a disability on family life

Teaching and supervision

Lifelong disabilities and AAC

Associations

Speech Pathology Australia
AGOSCI

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Sigafoos, J., Reed, V. (2009). The Kirkpatrick model: A useful tool for evaluating training outcomes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34(3), 266-274. [More Information]
  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2007). A communication training program for residential staff working with adults with challenging behaviour: Pilot data on intervention effects. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(1), 16-29.

Conferences

  • Smidt, A. (2010). Impact of a volunteer program on the attitudes of Jewish high school students about people with a disability. Australasian Jewish Medical Federation Conference.
  • Smidt, A. (2006). Evaluation of a Communication Training Program for Residential Staff Working with Adults with Challenging Behaviour. 39th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, United States.
  • Smidt, A. (2005). Changing attitudes of staff who work with adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviour in residential settings. Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Australia.
  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2005). Evaluation of a communication training program for residential staff working with adults with challenging behaviour. The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Research Colloquium 2005 - Research for a healthy future, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Smidt, A. (2003). Makaton. AGOSCI National Conference 2003, : National University of Singapore.
  • Smidt, A. (2003). Training staff who work with adults with intellectual disability. AGOSCI National Conference 2003, : National University of Singapore.
  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2002). Staff training: An overview of recent research on residential care staff supporting people with intellectual disabilities with communication difficulties and challenging behaviour. Disability and Diversity: Succesful living, Westmead: Children's Hospital Westmead.
  • Smidt, A. (1999). Disability and Professional Practice and Standards in the Workplace - Module Coordinator. Speech Pathology Australia 1999, Sydney.
  • Smidt, A. (1999). MOSAIC (A model of Observational Screening for Assessment of Interaction and Communication). Speech Pathology Australia 1999, Sydney.
  • Smidt, A. (1998). Disability stream. Speech Pathology Australia Conference 1998, Perth.
  • Smidt, A. (1997). Assessment of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: You can't see the wood for the trees. Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Australia.
  • Smidt, A. (1997). Behaviour Intervention Support Network NSW Presentation. Behaviour Intervention Support Network NSW, Australia.
  • Smidt, A. (1996). Individualised Sensory Environments: An approach to interaction for adults with Severe Communication Impairments. AGOSCI Conference, Australia.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Smidt, A. (2002). The role of staff perceptions and beliefs in training. AGOSCI Newsletter - In Focus.
  • Smidt, A. (1996). Turning around the negative spirals. RCSLT Bulletin.

Other

  • Smidt, A. (1997), MOSAIC: A Model of Observational Screening for Assessment of Interaction and Communication.

2010

  • Smidt, A. (2010). Impact of a volunteer program on the attitudes of Jewish high school students about people with a disability. Australasian Jewish Medical Federation Conference.

2009

  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Sigafoos, J., Reed, V. (2009). The Kirkpatrick model: A useful tool for evaluating training outcomes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34(3), 266-274. [More Information]

2007

  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2007). A communication training program for residential staff working with adults with challenging behaviour: Pilot data on intervention effects. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(1), 16-29.

2006

  • Smidt, A. (2006). Evaluation of a Communication Training Program for Residential Staff Working with Adults with Challenging Behaviour. 39th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, United States.

2005

  • Smidt, A. (2005). Changing attitudes of staff who work with adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviour in residential settings. Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Australia.
  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2005). Evaluation of a communication training program for residential staff working with adults with challenging behaviour. The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Research Colloquium 2005 - Research for a healthy future, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2003

  • Smidt, A. (2003). Makaton. AGOSCI National Conference 2003, : National University of Singapore.
  • Smidt, A. (2003). Training staff who work with adults with intellectual disability. AGOSCI National Conference 2003, : National University of Singapore.

2002

  • Smidt, A., Balandin, S., Reed, V., Sigafoos, J. (2002). Staff training: An overview of recent research on residential care staff supporting people with intellectual disabilities with communication difficulties and challenging behaviour. Disability and Diversity: Succesful living, Westmead: Children's Hospital Westmead.
  • Smidt, A. (2002). The role of staff perceptions and beliefs in training. AGOSCI Newsletter - In Focus.

1999

  • Smidt, A. (1999). Disability and Professional Practice and Standards in the Workplace - Module Coordinator. Speech Pathology Australia 1999, Sydney.
  • Smidt, A. (1999). MOSAIC (A model of Observational Screening for Assessment of Interaction and Communication). Speech Pathology Australia 1999, Sydney.

1998

  • Smidt, A. (1998). Disability stream. Speech Pathology Australia Conference 1998, Perth.

1997

  • Smidt, A. (1997). Assessment of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: You can't see the wood for the trees. Speech Pathology Australia Conference, Australia.
  • Smidt, A. (1997). Behaviour Intervention Support Network NSW Presentation. Behaviour Intervention Support Network NSW, Australia.
  • Smidt, A. (1997), MOSAIC: A Model of Observational Screening for Assessment of Interaction and Communication.

1996

  • Smidt, A. (1996). Individualised Sensory Environments: An approach to interaction for adults with Severe Communication Impairments. AGOSCI Conference, Australia.
  • Smidt, A. (1996). Turning around the negative spirals. RCSLT Bulletin.

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