Dr Joanne Cleland

Lecturer

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2015 after many years working at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh as a Research Fellow.  As a Lecturer I teach on the undergraduate course which qualifies students to be Speech and Language Therapists.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    I am a Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in clinical phonetics and articulatory analysis (mostly ultrasound tongue imaging). My area of expertise is visual biofeedback techniques for the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders. I am interested in research which looks at speech disorders in children, particularly in children with developmental disabilities. I am interested in motor speech disorders in autism spectrum conditions, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate and persistent speech sound disorders. 

    I welcome enquires from prospective research students interested in the above topics. 

Publications

Visualising speech : using ultrasound to diagnose and treat speech disorders in children with cleft lip and palate
Cleland Joanne, Crampin Lisa, Wrench A.A., Zharkova Natalia, Lloyd Susan
Ultrafest VIII, (2017)
Visualising speech : using ultrasound visual biofeedback to diagnose and treat speech disorders in children with cleft lip and palate
Cleland Joanne, Crampin Lisa, Wrench A.A., Zharkova Natalia, Lloyd Susan
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
Developing guidelines to support good practice in children’s speech disorders : the child speech disorder research network
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Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
A quantitative measure of the dorsal constriction in /k/-/t/ contrast in children and adults and its co-articulatory variation
Scobbie James, Cleland Joanne
7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, (2017)
Ultraphonix : using ultrasound visual biofeedback to teach children with special speech sound disorders new articulations
Cleland Joanne, Scobbie James, Roxburgh Zoe, Heyde Cornelia, Wrench A.A.
7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, (2017)
UltraPhonix : das Erlernen von artikulatorischen Gesten mit Ultraschall-Biofeedback
Heyde Cornelia, Cleland Joanne, Scobbie James, Roxburgh Zoe
Spektrum Patholinguistik Vol 10, pp. 1-13, (2017)

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Research interests

My research focuses on developmental Speech Sound Disorders.  I have a particular interest in Visual Biofeedback, that is, technologies which can be used to image the articulators (principally the tongue) moving when we speak. My research has focused both on electropalatogrpahy (EPG) and latterly on ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) as two of the main techniques which provide both ways of measuring tongue movement and of allowing children with speech sound disorders a method of using real-time visual biofeedback of their own tongue movements to modify incorrect articulations and therefore improve their speech.

 

Current projects include clinical studies looking the efficacy of visual biofeedback in children with persistent speech sound disorders and, very recently, children with cleft lip and palate. At the theoretical level I am interested in the underlying nature of persistent speech sound disorder, especially with regards to theories which implicate the speech motor control system. I am interested in speech motor control in children with both primary speech sound disorders and those with other diagnoses including Down syndrome, autism and cleft lip and palate. 

Professional activities

5th International Winterschool on Speech Perception and Production
Keynote/plenary speaker
10/1/2017
5th International Winterschool on Speech Perception and Production
Organiser
9/1/2017
American Speech Hearing Association Convention
Organiser
19/11/2016
Ultrafest VII
Speaker
8/12/2015
Ultrafest VII
Participant
8/12/2015
Using Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback to Teach Children New Articulations
Invited speaker
11/11/2015

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Projects

Ultrax2020: Ultrasound Technology for Optimising the Treatment of Speech Disorders
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Jul-2020
Visualising Speech: Using Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback to Diagnose and Treat Speech Disorders in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Period 17-Apr-2017 - 31-Jul-2018
Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback Treatment for Speech Sound Disorders in Children
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Speech, Language and Communication difficulties (SLCD) are common in childhood. They pose a major challenge to society, affecting educational attainment and the social and emotional health of over one million children and young adults in the UK. The most common type of SLCD is a speech sound disorder (SSD), in which children’s speech is difficult to understand. Traditionally, interventions for SSDs rely heavily on auditory skills, in that clients must listen to their own productions and modify them using auditory cues. This is difficult for children for whom auditory skills are weak and teaching children new articulations is problematic because the target articulations are difficult to see or describe. This project will use ultrasound to image the tongue in real-time, providing children with a visual biofeedback method for remediation of previously intractable SSDs.
Period 01-May-2015 - 30-Nov-2016

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Address

Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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