22nd and 23rd May 2014 at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville Melbourne.
The Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL) will be hosting a 2 day conference with the aim of creating an interdisciplinary forum for knowledge exchange in the field of child language research. Through papers, posters, panels and debates the conference will explore both recent discoveries and future directions in child language research with a focus on seven key themes:
1. Trajectories of language development. Theme convenor: Dr Fiona Mensah
2. Environmental and biological factors that predict variation in language pathways. Theme convenor: Prof Sheena Reilly
3. Comorbidity of language, social, psychological, and educational problems. Theme convenor: Prof Jan Nicholson
4. The costs and burden of language impairment. Theme convenor: A/Prof Lisa Gold.
5. Preventive/therapeutic intervention. Theme convenor: Prof James Law
6. Hearing and child language development. Theme convenor: Prof Melissa Wake
7. Policy and translation of child language research. Theme convenor: A/Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Conference Highlights include
• A keynote presentation by Professor Cate Taylor from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
• A hypothetical-style debate asking, A convenient label for whom? Taking the specific out of language impairment
• A cocktail reception with a facilitated poster workshop
• An expert panel discussion Research to Policy to Practice. Provisional panel members: Dr Sara Glover, Director, Research and Education at Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy; Professor James Law Professor of Speech and Language Science at Newcastle University UK; and Dr Sharon Goldfeld, Principal Research Fellow, Policy Equity and Translation, MCRI
• We also welcome our friend and colleague, Professor Sue Roulstone, the Underwood Trust Professor of Language and Communication Impairment at the University of the West of England who will be in Melbourne during the conference. She has kindly agreed to speak about her longitudinal research with ALSPAC data and participate in the discussion sessions.
Call for papers
Early Career Researchers from around Australia and New Zealand either in academic or clinical practice are invited to submit a poster or oral presentation. Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Committee to determine their fit to the nominated conference themes. Closing date for proposals 7th February.
Further information and registration details can be found at www.mcri.edu.au/childlanguageresearchconference
. Early bird registration opens 1st February.