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Professor Martine Smith

Professor In (Clin Speech & Language Studies)

The Dean of Graduate Studies (Graduate Studies Office)

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 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. I am also interested in how adults who have used aided communication for many years incorporate it into their overall communication systems. A third area of my research is 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
 Becoming an aided communicator
 What does it take to communicate using graphic symbols?
 Remembering symbols: Validating a symbol span task.

Details Date
Editor, Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2016-2018
Associate Editor, Child Language Teaching and Therapy journal 2009-2015
Associate Editor, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal 2007-2015
Member of the Board of the Central Remedial Clinic 2018-2020
Member of the Speech Language Therapists Registration Board, CORU 2013-2021
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
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Medium Medium Medium
Irish Fluent Fluent Fluent
Details Date From Date To
Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT) 1990 2019
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication 1990 2019
President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, (ISAAC) 2005 2007
President-Elect, Executive Committee ISAAC 2003 2005
International Affiliate American Speech-Language Hearing Association 2008 2020
Board Member, International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) 2014 2017
Member International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics 2014 2019
European Literacy Network member 2018 2020
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) 2003 2008
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) 2004 2007
Chair, AAC committee, IALP 2018 2021
Sutton, Ann, Trudeau, Natacha, Morford, Jill, Smith, Martine, Expressive and receptive use of speech and graphic symbols by typically developing children: What skills contribute to performance on structured sentence-level tasks?, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23, (2), 2021, p155-167 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lynam, Aideen; Smith, Martine, Sibling involvement in interventions for children with a disability: A systematic review, Disability & Rehabilitation, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Social contexts: Communication, Leisure and Recreation in, editor(s)Christine Imms Dido Green , Participation: Optimising outcomes in childhood-onset neurodisability, London, UK, Mac Keith Press, 2020, pp67 - 76, [Batorowicz, Beata; Smith, Martine], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Smith, M., Manduchi, B., Burke, E., Carroll, R., McCallion, P. & McCarron, M., Communication difficulties in adults with Intellectual Disability: Results from a national cross-sectional study, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 97, (103557), 2020, p1-12 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Smith, M., Innovations for Supporting Communication: Opportunities and challenges for people with complex communication needs, Folia Phoniatrica Logopedia, 71, (1), 2019, p156 - 167, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tinney, G. & Smith, M., Identifying and managing incidents of minor theft within a service for individuals with intellectual disabilities, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47, 2019, p264 - 269, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Neuvonen, K., Jagoe, C., Launonen, K., Smith, M., von Tetzchner, S., Expectations and interpretations of conversations using aided communication: An application of relevance theory, Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 10, (2), 2019, p125 - 152, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Lynch, Y., Murray, J., Moulam, L., Meredith, S., Goldbart, J., Smith, M., Batorowicz, B., Randall, N., Judge, S., Decision-making in communication aid recommendations in the UK: Cultural and contextual influencers, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2019, p13 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murray, J., Lynch, Y., Meredith, S., Moulam, L., Goldbart, J., Smith, M., Randall, N. & Judge, S. , Professionals' decision-making in recommending communication aids in the UK: competing considerations, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 35, 2019, p1-13 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Accessing the voices of children who use augmentative and alternative communication: Merits and pitfalls of co-construction in, editor(s)Twomey, Miriam Carroll, Clare , Seen and Heard: Exploring participation, engagement and voice for children with disabilities, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2018, pp171 - 190, [Smith, Martine], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Smith, Martine, Building a solid foundation: Linking language and literacy through aided communication, Trilhando juntos a comunicacao alternativa, Natal, Brasil, August, 2017, edited by Deliberato, D. de Paula Nunes, D, de Jesus Goncalves, M , ABPEE, 2017, pp13 - 30, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
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
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


Award Date
Visiting Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University 2018-
Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2010
AAC Editor's Award for best paper 1992