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Associate Professor Michelle Pascoe

Qualifications

BSc (Log) (UCT), MSc (Speech Pathology) UCT, PhD (Sheffield, UK)

Introduction

I have over 15 years experience of clinical practice as a speech-language therapist. Working in an academic environment for the past 10 years, I have continued developing my clinical skills through private practice and intervention-focused research. I am passionate about intervention for children with speech, language and literacy difficulties. An NRF rated researcher, my research programme focuses on Speech Difficulties in South African children.

Teaching Areas

Child Speech

Research focus areas

Intervention for children with speech, language and literacy difficultie s. I have a particular interest in the application of psycholinguistic frameworks to assessment and intervention. I am also interested in the development of speech, language and literacy assessments appropriate for use with South African populations, and the role of Speech-Language Therapists in linguistically complex classrooms in South Africa.

I am currently involved in the following areas

  1. Written language expression in linguistically diverse classrooms

  2. isiXhosa Phonology: Development of a speech assessment

  3. Typical development of isiXhosa phonology

Projects Supervised

  1. 2012 - Zinhle Maphalala - MSc Thesis: Phonological development of first language Xhosa-speaking children aged 3;0- 5;11 years: a descriptive cross-sectional study (Degree awarded with distinction).

  2. 2012 - Nazneen Gangji - MSc Thesis: Phonological development in Swahili: A descriptive, cross-sectional study of typically developing pre-schoolers in Tanzania.

  3. 2012 - Divya Bissessur - MSc Thesis: The communication between low birth weight premature infants and their mothers in the first year of life: a description of four cases

  4. 2010 - Indira Navsaria - MSc Thesis: Written language expression in linguistically diverse classrooms in the Western Cape: A case study (completed 2010)

  5. 2009 - Friderike Schmidt von Wuhlisch - MSc Thesis: How can health literacy and client recall / memory of clinical information be maximised in the field of Speech-Language Pathology? An exploratory study of clients and therapists in the Western Cape. Degree awarded with distinction.

  6. 2008 - Candice Randall-Pieterse - MSc Thesis: The Speech Processing Skills of Children with Cochlear Implants. (Student registered with University of Stellenbosch) https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/2398

Selected Publications

  1. Pascoe, M., Randall-Pieterse, C & Geiger, M. (2013). Speech and literacy development in a child with a cochlear implant: Application of a psycholinguistic framework. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29 (2), 185-200.

  2. Maphalala, Z., Pascoe, M. & Smouse, M. In press. Phonological development of first language isiXhosa-speaking children aged 3;0- 6;0 years: a descriptive cross-sectional study. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.

  3. McLeod, S, Verdon, S, Bowen, C and the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech. (2013). International aspirations for speech-language pathologists' practice with multilingual children with speech sound disorders: Development of a position paper, Journal of Communication Disorders, 46(4), 375-387.

  4. Speake, J., Stackhouse, M. and Pascoe, M. (2012). Vowel Targeted Intervention for Children with Persisting Speech Difficulties: Impact on Intelligibility. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 28(3), 277-295.

  5. Pascoe, M. & Smouse, M. (2012). Masithethe: Speech and language development and difficulties in isiXhosa. S Afr Med J 102(6): 469-471.

  6. Schmidt von Wuhlisch, F. & Pascoe, M. (2011). Maximizing health literacy and client recall in a developing context: speech-language therapist and client perspectives. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46, 1-16.

  7. Pascoe, M. & Norman, V. (2011). Contextually relevant resources in speech-language therapy and audiology in South Adrica - are there any? South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 2-5.

  8. Kathard, H., Ramma, L, Pascoe, M, Jordaan, H., Moonsamy, S., Wium, A., du Plessis, S, Pottas, L., & Khan, N. (2011). How can Speech Language Therapists and Audiologists enhance language and literacy outcomes in South Africa? (And why we urgently need to). South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 59-71.

  9. Navsaria, I., Pascoe, M. & Kathard, H. (2011). "It's not just the learner, it's the system!" Teachers' perspectives on written language difficulties: Implications for speech-language therapy. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 95-104.

  10. Stackhouse, J. & Pascoe, M. (2010). Psycholinguistic Intervention. Peer Reviewed Chapter in Williams, L., McLeod, S. and McCauley, R. (Eds). Speech Sound Difficulties in Children. Brookes: USA

  11. Pascoe, M., Maphalala, Z., Ebrahim, A., Hime, D., Mdladla, B., Mohamed, N. & Skinner, M. (2010). Children with speech difficulties: An exploratory survey of clinical practice in the Western Cape. SAJCD, 57 (In press).

  12. Schmidt von Wuhlisch, F. & Pascoe, M. (2010). Maximising health literacy and client recall of clinical information: An exploratory study of clients and Speech-Language Pathologists . SAJCD, 57 (in press).