Professor Dorothy Bishop honoured at Newcastle University

Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Newcastle University, in recognition for her internationally renowned work on specific language impairment in a degree ceremony on July 10th. She was nominated by the Speech and Language Sciences section, where Professor Bishop worked in the early 1980’s, and by the School of Psychology.

Spending the day at the University, she visited the Speech and Language Sciences Section giving an open lecture on the subject of “Why do some children find it hard to learn to talk?” Seen here, at the talk, in front of her slide about the campaign “Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments”, she spoke to an audience that included representatives from across the University, local speech and language therapists, parents and young people. She then went on to visit the University’s Institute of Neurology. In her speech to congregation Professor Vicki Bruce, Head of the School of Psychology, spoke of Professor Bishop’s contribution not only to the academic world but also for her support for women in science, for her blog and other forms of social media taking on all-comers in the field, for her Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation and, finally, for her authorship of three novels featuring the Freemantle based detective intrepid sixty-something amateur sleuth, Rose Absalom.

Newcastle University expert wins BEST award

Praise is to be given to Dr. Cristina McKean who has won a prestigious award for her work in developing a technique called BEST (Building Early Sentence Production) with Drs Sean Pert and Carol Stow of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The Sternberg Prize for clinical Innovation was awarded to the trio from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in November 2012.

In the autumn of this year, Cristina is launching a product based on the BEST technique she has worked so hard to develop. Piloting and service evaluation work has shown that children who receive BEST make significant progress; learning the rules about how to combine words into a range of different sentences. Published items will include a manual and therapy resources and training sessions will be delivered at Newcastle University. Dr. Cristina McKean is publishing these items and organising the training involved on a not for profit basis.

More information about the product will be released over the next few months. Follow our pages on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to find out more.

A new blog?! I’m speechless!

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog set up for the Speech and Language Sciences staff, students and followers! (Yes, that did say staff!)

Firstly, congratulations on finding your way here and not getting lost amongst all the links and “click here, click there, click everywhere!”. This is a new adventure for the Speech and Language Sciences department at Newcastle University and has been set up to help share all the wonderful hard work that the department has been doing. Modestly is not tolerated on this blog – if we have done something good then we want you to know about it!

The format of the blog will be taking shape over the next few weeks so keep checking back to read up on what the staff and students have been up to.

Bye for now!