Literacy Stepping Stones - Speech Pathology Week Seminar

22 August 2012

Over 80 alumni and staff attended the Faculty of Health Sciences' 'Literacy Stepping Stones' Speech Pathology Week seminar on Monday evening at the Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe. Hosted by the Discipline of Speech Pathology, the event gave guests the opportunity to hear about some of the latest developments in practice and research related to children's communication and literacy.

Guest speakers included Ms Karen Trengrove, Founder of Learn2Communicate and Dr Tricia McCabe, Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology, both of whom are alumni of the faculty.

Prof Lincoln; Dr McCabe; Assoc Prof Cumming and Karen Trengrove with alumni guests Emma Karsten and Lisa Clark
Prof Lincoln; Dr McCabe; Assoc Prof Cumming and Karen Trengrove with alumni guests Emma Karsten and Lisa Clark

Karen spoke about her vision for how Speech Pathologists must engage families and early childhood educators to collaborate under the banner of the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia to ensure that all children have the best possible chance of becoming effective communicators.

Dr McCabe outlined how a research partnership between a community not-for-profit agency and the University has led to changes in early childhood teaching practice in 10 preschools and the use of a partnership approach to preschool teacher skill development focused on a community development approach to managing speech pathology waiting lists.

Professor Michelle Lincoln, Professor of Speech Pathology and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching concluded the presentations by announcing an exciting new partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the NSW Department of Education and Communities which will strengthen the link between evidence-based research and practice by establishing a joint position of Associate Professor in Speech Pathology based in the NSW Centre for Effective Reading.

Following the presentations, guests had the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canap├ęs and catch up with long lost colleagues, many of whom had studied together at the faculty some time ago.

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