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Dr Sally Clendon PhD Univ North Carolina Chapel Hill

Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy

Institute of Education

Sally is passionate about access to the curriculum and to literacy learning for children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Sally teaches the Year 3 paper on AAC and coordinates the Postgraduate Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy. Sally delivers workshops nationally and internationally with a focus on empowering communication partners to create optimal language and learning environments. Sally is one of the Co-Chairs of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference which will be held on the Gold Coast in July 2018, and is an Associate Editor for the AAC journal.

Professional

Qualifications

  • PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007)
  • Masters in Speech and Language Therapy - University of Canterbury (2002)
  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (Honours) - University of Canterbury (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Sally's research interests are focused around access to the curriculum and to literacy learning for children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication. Sally is currently involved in a number of projects including a meta-analysis with Professor Karen Erickson (University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll) examining the effects of picture-symbols on learning to read, and a series of case studies with Dr Elizabeth Doell exploring the impact of a partnership approach for creating optimal language and learning environments for children with communication disorders. Sally has a strong passion for postgraduate student education and coordinates the Postgraduate Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300)

Keywords

Literacy

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

McLaughlin, T., Budd, JM., & Clendon, S. (2017). The child and youth profile: A toolkit to facilitate cross-disciplinary educational planning. Kairaranga. 18(1), 3-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Budd, J., Clendon, S., McLaughlin, T.
Behnami, P., & Clendon, SA. (2015). Early intervention and AAC: Research and expert recommendations. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology. 17(3), 134-139 Retrieved from https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/Journal_of_Clinical_Practice.aspx
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., Erickson, K., van Rensburg, RJ., & Amm, J. (2014). Shared storybook reading – An authentic context for developing literacy, language, and communication skills. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 23, 182-191
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., Sturm, JM., & Cali, KS. (2013). Vocabulary use across genres: Implications for students with complex communication needs. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. 44(1), 61-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, S., & Westerveld, M. (2012). Comparing spoken and written vocabulary use in typically developing children: Informing vocabulary selection for children with complex communication needs. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology. 14(2: Complex Communication Needs), 69-71 Retrieved from http://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA. (2011). Literacy interventions for students who use aided augmentative and alternative communication: More work to be done. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. 5(3), 138-143
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA. (2011). The syntax of beginning writers: Implications for children with complex communication needs. New Zealand Journal of Speech-Language Therapy. 66, 5-23
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., & Clendon, S. (2011). 'He cares about me and I care about him.': Children's experiences of friendship with peers who uses AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 27(2), 77-90 Retrieved from http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2011.577449
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Erickson, K., Hatch, P., & Clendon, S. (2010). Literacy, assistive technology, and students with significant disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children. 42(5), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Crestani, CAM., Clendon, SA., & Hemsley, B. (2010). Words needed for sharing a story: Implications for vocabulary selection in augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 35(4), 268-278
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., & Erickson, K. (2009). Effective literacy instruction for individuals with complex communication needs. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language, and Hearing. 11(2), 77-80
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA. (2008). Internet-based instructional program is an effective means of teaching young adults who use augmentative and alternative communication to use a social problem-solving strategy to respond to hypothetical scenarios. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. 2(2), 92-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., & Erickson, KA. (2008). The vocabulary of beginning writers: Implications for children with complex communication needs. AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 24(4), 281-293
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Erickson, KA., Clendon, SA., Cunningham, JW., Spadorcia, S., Koppenhaver, DA., Sturm, J., . . . Yoder, DE. (2008). Automatic word recognition: The validity of a universally accessible assessment task. AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 24(1), 64-75
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Sturm, JM., & Clendon, SA. (2004). Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Language, and Literacy: Fostering the Relationship. Topics in Language Disorders. 24(1), 76-91
[Journal article]Authored by: Clendon, S.

Book

Clendon, SA., & Gillon, G. (2017). Phonological Awareness of Children with Complex Communication Needs. In G. Gillon (Ed.) Phonological Awareness From Research to Practice. : Guilford Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., & Anderson, K. (2016). Syntax and morphology in aided language development. In MM. Smith, & J. Murray (Eds.) The silent partner? Language, interaction, and aided communication. (pp. 119 - 140). : J & R Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Erickson, KA., & Clendon, SA. (2009). Addressing the literacy demands of the curriculum for beginning readers and writers. In G. Soto, & C. Zangari (Eds.) Practically Speaking. (pp. 195 - 216). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing co.
[Chapter]Authored by: Clendon, S.

Thesis

Clendon, SA. (2006). The language of beginning writers: implications for children with complex communication needs. (Doctoral Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Clendon, S.

Conference

Farrall, J., & Clendon, SA.Never too late: Teaching for success. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA.Reading for meaning: Comprehension instruction for children with CCN. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Bayldon, H., & Clendon, SA.Partner assisted scanning: Enable the unexpected. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Amm, J., & Clendon, SA.Kiwichat Camp: Experiences of children with complex communication needs and their family/whanau. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA.Optimising language and literacy environments for children with complex communication needs. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
McLaughlin, T., Budd, JM., & Clendon, S. (2016). New Zealand Child and Youth Profile.. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Society for Early Intervention,. Stockholm, Sweden
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Budd, J., Clendon, S., McLaughlin, T.
Doell, E., & Clendon, SA.Beyond the impairment: An ecological assessment protocol for children with communication difficulties. . Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S., Doell, E.
Doell, E., & Clendon, SA.Opportunities and challenges for SLTs working in classroom contexts. . Christchurch
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S., Doell, E.
Farrall, J., & Clendon, SA.There is no can’t: AAC, literacy, and meeting complex communication needs. . Lisbon, Portugal
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Von Tetzchner, S., Almedia, MA., Basil, C., Batorowicz, B., Clendon, SA., Dahlgren Sandberg, A., . . . Yang, C.The development of communicative problem solving in aided and naturally speaking communicators aged 5–15 years. . Lisbon, Portugal
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Doell, E., & Clendon, SA.(2014). A partnership approach for classroom-based language support: Creating optimal language and learning environments. Paper presented at the meeting of Conference Programme. Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S., Doell, E.
Wright, J., Clendon, SA., & Mentis, M.(2014). Emergent literacy practices for preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the meeting of Final Programme and Abstracts Book. Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S., Mentis, M.
Cope, ., Clendon, SA., & Nicholson, T. (2014). Impressions of multi-station SLT admissions interview: An innovative approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association. Wellington
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Clendon, S., Cope, P.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., Clendon, S., & Hemsley, B.(2010). He's just a nice guy: Experiences of friendship with children who use AAC. Paper presented at the meeting of The 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Barcelona, Spain
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Von Tetzchner, S., Almeida, M., Balandin, S., Basil, C., Batorowicz, B., Clendon, S., . . . Yang, C.(2010). The system and histories of children developing aided communication. Paper presented at the meeting of International society of augmentative and alternative communication. Barcelona, Spain
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., Westerveld, MF., & Gillon, GT.(2010). Comparing spoken and written vocabulary use in typically developing New Zealand children. Paper presented at the meeting of New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association conference "Practice Worth Spreading". Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., Clendon, SA., & Hemsley, B.(2009). Friendships with children who use AAC. Paper presented at the meeting of 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Congress: International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. Singapore
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., Clendon, SA., & Hemsley, B.(2009). Validation and feedback in qualitative research with children. Paper presented at the meeting of International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID). Singapore
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Crestani, C., Clendon, SA., Balandin, S., & Hemsley, B.(2009). The power of words: the vocabulary that young children need to share stories. Paper presented at the meeting of AGOSCI (Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment) 9th Biennial National Conference. Canberra, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., Clendon, SA., & Hemsley, B.(2009). Validating disseminating qualitative research results for young participants. Paper presented at the meeting of International Cerebral Palsy Conference. Sydney, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Crestani, C., Clendon, SA., Hemsley, B., & Balandin, S.(2009). Words needed for sharing a story: implications for vocabulary selection in augmentative and alternative communication. Paper presented at the meeting of Speech pathology Australia. Adelaide Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Anderson, K., Balandin, S., & Clendon, SA.(2008). Friendship experiences with children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Paper presented at the meeting of 13th Biennial Conference ISAAC - International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Montreal, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., Wilkins, D., & McAfoose, L.(2008). A lexical analysis of the different text genres generated by typically developing beginning writers. Paper presented at the meeting of 13th Biennial Conference ISAAC - International Society for Augmentative and Alternative communication. Montreal, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Crestani, C., Clendon, SA., & Balandin, S.(2008). Children with complex communication needs - they need words for storytelling too!. Paper presented at the meeting of 13th Biennial Conference ISAAC - International society for augmentative and alternative communication. Montreal, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA., Wilkins, D., & McAfoose, L.(2008). Word, phrase, genre: A lexical analysis of the different discourse texts generated by beginning writers. Paper presented at the meeting of Reflecting Connections. Auckland, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA.(2007). The vocabulary and syntax of beginning writers: AAC implications. Paper presented at the meeting of National Conference Speech Pathology Australia. Sydney, NSW
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.
Clendon, SA.(2007). What can we learn from beginning writers:. Paper presented at the meeting of National AGOSCI Conference. Melbourne, Vic
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Clendon, S.

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