Sue Roulstone

Emeritus Professor (University of the West of England)

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in Manchester and have worked as a clinician, an educator, a manager and a researcher.
 
As a therapist I have worked mainly with children and have always been interested in the interface between therapy and education.
 
My Masters degree in Education at the University of Liverpool reflected these interests, with a dissertation focusing on special needs curriculae in colleges of further education.
 
For my PhD I studied therapists' decision making with preschool children. My research interests include

  • children and family perspectives on speech and language impairment
  • professional judgement and decision making
  • epidemiology of speech and language impairment
  • evaluation of speech and language therapy service delivery;

I was Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists from 2004 - 2006.

Publications

A systematic review of the interventions used with preschool children with primary Speech and Language Impairment

Child language learning is thought to be influenced by biological factors in the child and environmental factors in the context. This systematic review investigated the evidence for the interventions for children with primary speech and language impairment (PSLI) to determine what research evidence exists to support the use of specific interventions for preschool (2 – 5;11) children.

Exploring mechanisms of change in interventions for children with specific receptive language impairment

Morgan, L., Swinkels, A. & Roulstone, S., 2012. Exploring mechanisms of change in interventions for children with specific receptive language impairment. In Driving Transformation Through Evidence Base Practice, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Manchester. Driving Transformation Through Evidence Base Practice, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Manchester.

Listening to children talk about their desired outcomes

Hambly, H. et al., 2011. Listening to children talk about their desired outcomes. In S. Roulstone & McLeod, S. Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. J & R Press. Available at: http://www.jr-press.co.uk/communication-needs.html.

Listening to children talk about their desired outcomes

Hambly, H. et al., 2011. Listening to children talk about their desired outcomes. In S. Roulstone & McLeod, S. Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. J & R Press. Available at: http://www.jr-press.co.uk/communication-needs.html.

Making a film as a means of listening to young people

Roulstone, S., Miskelly, C. & Simons, R., 2011. Making a film as a means of listening to young people. In Listening to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Listening to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Guildford: J&R Press, pp. 267-274. Available at: http://www.jr-press.co.uk/communication-needs.html.

Computer-based interventions

Wren, Y., Roulstone, S. & Williams, A. Lynn, 2010. Computer-based interventions. In Interventions for speech sound disorders in children. Interventions for speech sound disorders in children. Baltimore, MA.: P.H.Brookes. Available at: http://products.brookespublishing.com/Interventions-for-Speech-Sound-Disorders-in-Children-P112.aspx.

Bilingualism and its effect on speech development: A systematic review of the literature.

Hambly, H., Wren, Y. & Roulstone, S., 2009. Bilingualism and its effect on speech development: A systematic review of the literature. In 3rd International Symposium on Communication Disorders in Multilingual Populations, November 2009, Agros, Cyprus. 3rd International Symposium on Communication Disorders in Multilingual Populations, November 2009, Agros, Cyprus.

The least first framework

Roulstone, S. & Hayhow, R., 2007. The least first framework. In Prioritising child health: practice and principles. . Prioritising child health: practice and principles. . London: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Prioritising-Child-Health-Practice-and-Principles/Roulstone/p/book/9780415376341.

Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener

Wren, Y., Hughes, A. & Roulstone, S., 2006. Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener. Phoneme Factory, p.Tool for teachers to screen children's speech and indentify customised activities for children who need help. Available at: http://www.speech-therapy.org.uk/phoneme-factory.

Phoneme Factory Sound Sorter

Wren, Y. & Roulstone, S., 2005. Phoneme Factory Sound Sorter. Phoneme Factory, p.Interactive games to promote phonological awareness linked to children's speech errors. Available at: http://www.speech-therapy.org.uk/phoneme-factory.

Presentations