Narrative Refresher Speech & Language Course 15th October 2013

Dr. Mary-Pat O Malley-Keighran is a speech and language therapist with almost twenty years’ experience working with children who have speech, language, and communication problems. She has worked as a lecturer in the Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy at NUI Galway for almost 10 years.  She has practiced as a speech and language therapist in a variety of paediatric settings from private practice to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. She is drawn to narrative as an interesting and ecologically valid way of measuring communicative competence in children. She is also interested in narratives in adults with acquired communication impairments, in a broader sense, as lives interrupted or disrupted by communication impairment. Mary-Pat recently received funding for NUI Galway funding for SALT (Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts) software with a view to profiling narrative generation ability in children with diagnoses of SLI, ADHD, and internationally adopted children.