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- Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments Research Group
BSc(Hons), MA, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Developing a computerized assessment of complex syntax
My work currently is focussing on the development of an assessment of complex syntax. Despite the fact that proficiency in complex syntax is considered to have a large impact on educational success, we currently have very little information regarding typically developing children’s understanding of complex sentences. Without this knowledge in relation to typically developing children it is impossible for us to effectively address the needs of those with impaired language.
My aim is to develop an animated computerized assessment of complex syntax, which will firstly allow therapists and educationalists gain a more accurate assessment of the language structures that typically developing children understand. The assessment will then allow us to investigate how groups of children with impaired language (specifically those with Autism and intellectual disability) perform with these types of sentences.
I am interested in assessment methodologies and the problems evinced by those who use them. In addition my interest is in moving the field of speech and language therapy forward in relation to evidence based intervention techniques.
I am a management committe member of the European Cost Action - Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond: a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language.
On completion of this project I will return to Univeristy College Cork, Ireland to take up a lecturing position.
Children's comprehension of an unfamiliar speaker accent: a review.
Harte J. et al, (2016), Int J Lang Commun Disord, 51, 221 - 235
Investigating peer attitudes towards the use of key word signing by children with Down syndrome in mainstream schools
Bowles C. and Frizelle P., (2016), British Journal of Learning Disabilities
The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with specific language impairment.
Frizelle P. and Fletcher P., (2015), Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 24, 47 - 59
Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment.
Frizelle P. and Fletcher P., (2014), Clin Linguist Phon, 28, 437 - 449
Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment.
Frizelle P. and Fletcher P., (2014), Int J Lang Commun Disord, 49, 255 - 264