Student research

Two students

Research in speech and language therapy by honours students at Massey University Institute of Education.

Michelle Erlam

New Zealand Teacher’s Perspectives and Experiences of using the Communication Supporting Classroom (CSC) tool.

The CSC tool is a checklist designed to analyse how classrooms support communication. The aim of this research is to obtains teachers’ perceptions of the use of the tool in their classroom to determine if it can be used in the New Zealand context.


Nerida Frost

Decontextualised Attention Training for Mild Brain Injury

Individuals with a mild brain injury often have problems with executive function, which can affect abilities such as planning, organizing, and sequencing. The aim of this study is to determine if a programme of intensive, decontextualised attention training improves executive function in such individuals.


Tegan Grey

Treatment of verb retrieval to improve sentence production in individuals with Broca’s aphasia

Aphasia therapy usually focuses on improving noun production to improve verbal expression. The aim of this study is to improve verb production, using a thematic role assignment approach, to improve everyday conversations for a person with Broca’s aphasia. 


Laury Houghton

Individuals' perceptions of people living with Dementia in New Zealand.

 The aim of this survey is to investigate New Zealanders’ perceptions of people living with dementia. The ultimate goal is to improve their understanding of how to communicate with people with dementia


Survey Link:

Jenna Land

Incorporating siblings within family centered practices: Sibling interventions for AAC 

 The aim of my research is to understand the experiences and perceptions’ of the siblings of children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). I am interested in the siblings’ experiences about communication after a sibling-focused AAC training camp. 


Chris Lemmers

Perceptions of New Zealand speech-language therapists about using language sampling analysis. 

The aim of this study is to gain in-depth information about how New Zealand SLTs currently use language sampling analysis through semi-structured interviews.  The goal is to determine what are the barriers and/or facilitators for its use. 


Lily Mehrtens

Caregiver’s perspectives of communication supports for individuals with aphasia

Often caregivers’ needs to communicate with individuals with aphasia are often overlooked. This survey explores conversation partners’ perspectives of communication support strategies to assist them when conversing with individuals with aphasia.

Survey link:


Hannah Riordan

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and acquired communication disorders: Experiences and practices of speech and language therapists (SLTs).

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can assist adults with acquired speech and language problems, for example stroke, to communicate. A survey is used to gather information about the experiences and practices of speech and language therapists in using AAC with these adults. 

Survey Link:


Rebecca Streith

The effect of noun syntax therapy on naming for individuals with aphasia

Poor naming can occur as a result of aphasia. It can restrict participation in social activities, fulfilment of vocational requirements, and participation in daily life. This study aims to improve naming ability to improve communication in daily life outside the clinical environment.


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