Speech; Assessment and Therapy in Practice

Friday, 7 February '20   9:30am - 4pm
The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

A progression course from our popular Speech Evidence Base Masterclass which takes practitioners deeper into the practicalities of evidence-based assessment and therapy.

Speech disorders are the most common communication difficulty for younger children (Law, 1992; Broomfield & Dodd, 2004). This course will move beyond assessment and diagnosis and explore how to identify and apply evidence-treatment for children with all types of speech disorder.

Moving beyond traditional and eclectic approaches often found in UK clinical practice (McCurtin & Roddam, 2012), effective interventions will be linked to each speech diagnosis and illustrated using case studies and transcription data sets.

Course Topics

• The Dodd classification of speech disorders as an evidence based categorisation system enabling therapists to make links between underlying causes, diagnosis and intervention
• Devising therapy aims and implementing therapy
• The use of sensitive probes to evaluate outcomes
• Treatment intensity (dosage) and the role of education staff and parent(s)/carers

More Details

This masterclass is presented by Dr Sean Pert, Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester.

Dr Pert is a speech and language therapist with more than 20 years experience in both the NHS and Charity sector. He has been a highly specialist speech and language therapist, a service manager, clinical adviser, trainer and student coordinator. He has published research papers, clinical guidelines, book chapters and assessments on bilingualism, as well as delivering specialist services to bilingual children and their families.

Dr Pert works at the University of Manchester and teaches on Clinical Education, Clinical Phonetics and Bilingualism. He has won the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation on an unprecedented three occasions, as well as The University of Manchester’s Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility for Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity. Dr Pert was nominated for Most Inspiring Lecturer by his students.

Sean worked closely with Barbara Dodd and colleagues, collecting data on bilingual children for the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articualtion and Phonology (DEAP), and demonstrating that Dodd’s categories of speech disorder applied to all children, regardless of language spoken (Stow & Pert, 2006; Holm, Dodd, Stow & Pert, 1999 ). Sean has published two bilingual speech sound screen with Dr Carol Stow (Retired) (1998, 2006, in Press) and currently teaches Clinical Phonetics and Developmental Speech Disorders at the University of Manchester. Sean has written on service delivery, winning a service re-design award for reducing waiting lists in his role as a service manager by introducing group therapy and outcome-focused therapy care plans, challenging the ineffective 6-week block rationing model.

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Speech Interventions Discounted Ticket
Only available to those who have previously attended our CPD Masterclass "The current evidence base for speech interventions: Translating research into practice."
Standard Ticket
Can be booked using class pass:
  • Student SaLT or Student Teacher Masterclass pass
The standard full-price ticket for this workshop

The Studio
7 Cannon Street
B2 5EP