News & Events


CLA visits Sweden

9 November 2019

In November 2019, three members of the CLA team and one of our South African collaborators visited Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden as part of a collaborative project on translating and adapting assessment tools.

At the invitation of Christina Samuelsson, the CLA Director Michelle Pascoe, Co-Director Olebeng Mahura, Sefela Yalala, and our collaborator Mikateko Ndhambi, participated in a workshop at LiU. Their visit was an opportunity to share expertise with our colleagues in Sweden, and broaden the scope and knowledge in our ongoing projects.

The study runs in parallel with CLA's development of CDIs, and will look at several aspects of how vocabulary and gesture development develop in children between 12 to 36 months. It will include children with typical language development, as well as those with suspected language disorders and those with cochlear implants. The aim is to create knowledge that provides better conditions for the care of children with language impairment. 

The initiative was made possible with funding from the Foundation for Internationalization of Higher Education and Research (STINT). To read more about the workshop, visit the Linköping University page by clicking here.

CDI adaptation workshop

9 June 2019

In early June 2019, CLA hosted a workshop of the CDI team to work on the southern African CDI instruments. Hosted in the CSD department of the University of Cape Town at Groote Schuur Hospital, the workshop brought together our collaborators from around the country, and from overseas, to work on adapting the instruments to local contexts.

The workshop played an important part in analysing the data from the first pilot project of the CDI in southern Africa, and has contributed to the form of the questionnaires for our second pilot phase, scheduled for late 2020. THe workshop was made possible with funding from SADiLaR and STINT.

CDIs for South African Clinicians: CPD workshop

27 March 2020

In March 2019, Child Language Africa, in association with the University of Lancaster (UK), invited 15 speech and language therapists working in different regions of South Africa to come and learn more about the Southern African CDI Project.

The three day workshop provided our team with a chance to share the work that we are doing developing CDIs for seven local languages, and hear from practicing clinicians about their needs and experiences, and how these tools-in-progress might be used to assist in their day to day work. Our collaborator from Lancaster, psychologist Katie Alcock – part of the team that developed CDIs for Kenya – was able to join us for the workshop and share her experiences with the group, with many new connections and friendships being forged.

The clinicians attending represented most of the official languages of South Africa, and were able to share the triumphs and challenges of working in under resourced settings where the role of speech-language therapists is often poorly understood. The clinicians ranged from experienced staff with research backgrounds to community service therapists in their first year of practice. Irrespective of years of experience or place of work, the therapists repeatedly emphasised the need for more linguistically and culturally appropriate tools.

It is clear that the CDIs and other resources are eagerly awaited. We strongly believe that development of such tools is a collaborative effort and look forward to developing our links with this group of clinicians, and others, in future.

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