Leading Research into Language Disorder
The vision for Speech & Language Development Australia is to be nation’s leader in enabling better outcomes for the 1 in 14 children and young people with Language Disorder. To achieve this outcome, it is a strategic priority to engage in research activities.
- Promoting, fostering and facilitating research relating to Language Disorder both internally and with external partners
- Fostering a research & training culture within the organisation
- Development of a research database
- Supporting staff in the preparation of publications and presenting at a variety of forums
The objectives are supported by the Speech & Language Development Australia’s Research Subcommittee who approve internal and external research projects, make recommendations on the allocation of human resources and finances for research, and provide regular reports to the Executive Committee. The group meets monthly to discuss the current research needs within the organisation.
The research objectives of the organisation are being achieved by adopting two approaches; in-house Action Research activities and in collaboration with other bodies such as universities.
In-House Action Research
In-house Action Research involves staff members of Speech & Language Development Australia investigating issues that they see as important to their everyday work. The outcomes of these investigations will result in changed practice spearheaded by those who conducted the investigation. Previously funded projects have investigated the frequency of mealtime difficulties at the school and a survey designed to gain feedback on outreach programs conducted by staff.
At present, Speech & Language Development Australia does not have the financial or human resources to conduct larger research projects that involve participation of persons outside of the organisation. These larger projects usually involve substantial periods of time in design, application for funding, and ethics approvals. Therefore, Speech & Language Development Australia will only participate in these activities with the assistance of Universities or other like bodies. The organisation’s role would usually lie in the provision of subjects and/or data for the research activity.
To learn more about research opportunities at Speech & Language Development Australia, please contact Hilary Martin (CEO), email@example.com.