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Dr. Martine Smith

Associate Professor (Clin Speech & Language Studies)

Head of School (Sch. Office - Linguistic Speech & Comm.)

My background is in speech and language therapy, and most of my clinical and research work focuses on how children and adults with severely reduced intelligibility navigate social interaction and construct language systems. My main research interests are in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), especially in a developmental context, as well as inter-relationships between spoken and written language development and disorders. Much of my research explores how children who are learning language use multimodal communication including communication aids (e.g., iPads or other devices) to solve communication problems and how adults who have used aided communication for many years incorporate it into their overall communication systems. I am also very interested in the impact of severe speech impairments on the development of phonological and literacy skills. This links to my interest in Digital Literacy for children and adults who use communication devices - how and why they access the Internet and how Social Media supports or could support their development of social networks and social interaction opportunities.
  ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION   Alternative Communication Systems   Childhood Communication Disorders   Developmental disorders of speech and language   Disability   LANGUAGE ACQUISITION   LANGUAGE DISORDER   LITERACY
 Literacy acquisition and severe speech and physical impairments
 Becoming an aided communicator
 Evaluation of an intervention in children with oromotor disorders
 What does it take to communicate using graphic symbols?
 Remembering symbols: Validating a symbol span task.

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Editor, Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2015-2017
Associate Editor, Child Language Teaching and Therapy journal 2009-2015
Associate Editor, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal 2007-2015
Member of the Speech Language Therapists Registration Board, CORU 2013-2017
Member of Expert Advisory Group for youngballymun project 2010-2015
National Designated Expert with the Research SubCommittee of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies 2010
Member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Research Group 2013-2015
Member of advisory group for Dublin City Children's Services Literacy subgroup 2010-2012
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee, IALP Congress, Greece 2010
Member of the Scientific Programme Committee, ISAAC Conference, Barcelona 2010
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Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT)
International Affiliate American Speech-Language Hearing Association
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication-Ireland
Board Member, International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) 2014 2017
President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, (ISAAC) 2005 2007
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) 2003 2008
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) 2004 2007
Balancing multimodality and relevance in, editor(s)M. Smith , The silent partner? Language learning and language use in aided communication., London, J&R Press, 2016, [Jagoe, C & Smith, M], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Martine M. Smith, Language Development of Individuals Who Require Aided Communication: Reflections on State of the Science and Future Research Directions, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2015, Notes: [DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1062553], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  Other
Smith, Martine, Supporting vocabulary development in children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Journal of the Speech Language Hearing Association Taiwan, 33, 2015, p35 - 59, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Griffiths, C. & Smith, M., Attuning: A communication process between people with severe and profound intellectual disability and their interaction partners, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 2015, p15 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Literacy challenges and early intervention for children using aided communication: Starting well in, editor(s)Fran Redstone , Effective SLP interventions for children with cerebral palsy, San Diego, CA,, Plural Publishing, 2014, pp305 - 336, [Smith, Martine], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Smith, Martine, Murray, Janice, The Tellability Factor: Narratives in Aided Communication, Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Lisbon Portugal, July 21-24, 2014, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Smith, Martine, Wallace, Emma; Smith, Shauna, Sounds and Words: Building phoneme awareness and early literacy, Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Lisbon Portugal, July 21-24, 2014, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Smith, Martine, Adolescence and AAC: Intervention challenges and possible solutions, Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36, (2), 2014, p112 - 118, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tinney, G., Forde, J., Hone, L., Flanagan, L. & Smith, M., Safe and social: What does it mean anyway?, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43, (1), 2014, p55 - 61, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Smith, Martine, Nunn, June & Morrison, Trish., A feasibility study of the use of oral screens in reducing saliva loss in young people with physical and intellectual impairments, Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 14, (4), 2013, p145 - 152, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Smith, Martine, Improving the odds: Evidence-informed instruction to support decoding, recoding and reading, AAC By the Bay, San Jose, USA, February 27-March 1, 2014, Bridge School, San Francisco, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith, Martine, Murray, Janice, Symbolisation towards literacy, CM Study Day, Stirling, Scotland, November 12, 2014, Communication Matters, Notes: [Invited workshop], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith, Martine, Murray, Janice, Symbolisation towards Literacy, CM Study Day, London, UK, March 13, 2014, Communication Matters, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith, M., Tinney, G., Deasy, J., Changing the literacy landscape, Bulletin, (April ), 2010, p16 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Smith, Martine, Vocabulary instruction and aided communication, AAC By the Bay, San Francisco, Sept 14-17, 2009, 2009, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Smith, Martine, A tale of transitions: Fragile skills and shaky scaffolds on the path to literacy, AAC By the Bay, San Francisco, September 14-17, 2009, The Bridge School, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Smith, Martine, Literacy and AAC: Effective assessment and intervention, La Coruna University, Spain, Oct 15-17, 2009, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Asymmetry in input and output for individuals who use AAC in, editor(s)J. Light, D.R. Beukelman, J. Reichle , Communicative competence for individuals who use AAC: From research to effective practice, Baltimore, M.D, Paul H. Brookes, 2003, pp163 - 195, [Smith, M., Grove, N.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Pictures to Print: Problems, Puzzles and Principles in, editor(s)Allan Wilson , In AAC 2000: Practical approaches to Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Edinburgh, CALL Centre, University of Edinburgh, 2000, pp10 - 15, [Smith, Martine M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2010
AAC Editor's Award for best paper 1992
Augmentative and alternative communication: the impact of severe speech and physical impairments on literacy development and working memory; language acquisition in aided communication; the impact of aided communication on interaction processes; perspectives of aided communicators. Developmental speech and language disorders Drooling and cerebral palsy Language based literacy difficulties