ARG Meeting 4th June 2014

Dear All,

Yes we are cranking up for another ARG meeting so to give you a taster, and time to convince your manager that you must come here is what we have in stall. We have two great speakers, a great research discussion in the RGW and we will be launching our Seed Fund, a chance for any of you with a cracking research idea to pitch it to us and win some funding to get your work started- so don’t miss it!


Professor Rosemary Varley  (UCL)

Professor Varley’s talk is titled: “How should we treat apraxia of speech?”

This will be a chance to quiz the expert on exactly how we should be working with people who have dyspraxia and also a chance to find out more about SWORD software- got a question about research into dyspraxia- ask Prof Varley!

A brief summary of her talk is below:

Traditional interventions for speech apraxia often involve segmental therapy, which aims to increase the repertoire of segmental gestures and the ability to combine those gestures to form cohesive syllables. However, recent approaches in motor learning suggest that acquisition of isolated gestures might not lie at the core of speech learning and production. An alternative approach to AOS treatment is to focus on whole words and utterances. The outcomes of segmental and whole word interventions for AOS will be reviewed and the results of a whole word intervention using the Sword software describe


Sharon Adjei  (SLT/UCL Doctorate Student)

Sharon’s talk is titled: “Treatment for Global Aphasia: Current perspectives and a novel, non-verbal cognitive approach”

Sharon will first be presenting the findings of a survey she recently conducted with SLT’s working with people with global aphasia (PwGA). The survey explored questions such as:  What type and intensity of therapy are SLT’s currently offering to PwGA? What are the challenges for clinicians working with this client group?

She will then discuss the non-verbal, cognitive intervention programme she is currently designing . The cognitive based intervention aims to improve the functional communication of PwGA.  This should really provide us all with food for thought- are we doing enough clinically for these clients, and could we be doing more research to try to drIve forward research with this challenging group ?


Research Generator Workshop (RGW)

The RGW this meeting will be hosted by:

Heidi Field  (speech and language therapist)

Heidi is going to be picking your brains in relation to her application for a NIHR Clinical Academic Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2015. Her current idea for a PhD is centered around developing a functional (i.e. activity and participation) assessment/management tools for speech and language therapists to use on an acute stroke unit (as possibly wider).  She will be looking for input from ARG as to the usefulness of such a tool and ideas for how to get further feedback from peers and PPI input.

This session will also see the launch for the RGW Seed Fund. You cannot miss this, ARG has secured a pot of money to support any of you who have a new research idea you would like to take forward within a clinical or research setting or across both- find out what you need to do to be in with a chance of getting your paws on some of it!



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