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

Current research students

Project title Research student
Improving functional communication outcomes for children with cerebral palsy Marjut Johanna KORKALAINEN

Associations

Speech Pathology Australia
AGOSCI

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Barton, R., Robinson, T., Llewellyn, G., Thorncraft, K., Smidt, A. (2015). Rural and remote perspectives on disability and mental health research in Australia: 2000–2013. Advances in Mental Health, 13(1), 30-42. [More Information]
  • 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.

2015

  • Barton, R., Robinson, T., Llewellyn, G., Thorncraft, K., Smidt, A. (2015). Rural and remote perspectives on disability and mental health research in Australia: 2000–2013. Advances in Mental Health, 13(1), 30-42. [More Information]

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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