Ms Alexandra Sturrock

Clinical Lecturer (Teaching Focused)

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PhD Research (2014-2020 P/T)

The focus of my PhD research has been on the language and communication differences of females and males with autism and high-functioning intellectual ability (HFASD). This has brought together areas of clinical interest through my role as a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in autism diagnosis and intervention. The study brings together two strands of research; understanding the presentation of females with autism, and the communicative difficulties of autistic individuals (girls and boys) without learning disability. In this way results have clinical implications for the more timely diagnosis of females with autism and therapy provision for autistic children more generally.

The study is divided into three stages: Firstly females and males with and without autism will be compared on a direct assessment of structural language and pragmatics. This will be undertaken in middle childhood during primary school.

The second stage will consider how parents, clinicans and teachers as well as the children themselves report functional communication using checklists and observation measures (this is with the same group of children as in Study one).

Finally Study three qualitatively investigates the impact of communicative difficulties in a sub group of autistic girls and boys from the previous studies.

My PhD supervisors are:

Dr Catherine Adams & Dr Jenny Freed 

 

Clinical lecturing

Lead for Developmental Speech and Language Disorders A (2019-ongoing)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Overseeing course module; lecture content, summative and formative assessment and marking

 

Teaching on Linguistics Phonetics and Language Development (2017-ongoing)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Developing course and examination content and presenting material on phonetics, socio-linguisitcs, sentence structure, sentence function, semantics and pragmatics

 

Teaching on Lifelong Disability A (2018-ongoing)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Developing and presenting course content on autism spectrum disorder: assessment and intervention

 

Teaching Clinical Professional Practice 1 & 3 (2017-ongoing)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Presenting a workshop on a day in the life of an SLT working in specialist autism provision, developing and presenting material within similated learning activities

 

Teaching Clinical Linguistics (2018-ongoing)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Writing and presenting material on the clinical application of linguistic teaching in client populations

 

Membership of programme and student commitee, curriculum planning, exams board,  (2017-on-going)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Active contribution to department management meetings

 

Lead for Developmental Language Disorders 1 (2017-19)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Overseeing course module; lecture content, summative and formative assessment and marking

 

Teaching on Children with Developmental Disabilities (2017-18)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Developing and presenting course content on autism spectrum disorder: assessment and intervention

 

 

 

External positions

Autism Diagnostician/Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Private practice, Speech and Language Therapy provision

Keywords

  • Speech & Language Therapist, PhD researcher, Clinical Lecturer, Language and communication in Autism, Gender difference in Autism

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Higher Educational Award: Fellowship, The Higher Education Academy
  • 2014 - Post Graduate Diploma: Autism Spectrum Conditions, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
  • 2009 - Masters in Medical Science: Human Communication Disorders, The University of Sheffield
  • 2005 - BA Hons - Linguistics & Spanish, The University of Salford

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