Dr C. StowI am a consultant speech and language therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (http://www.hpc-uk.org) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) (http://www.rcslt.org). I specialise in working with bilingual children and their families. In 2009 I was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in recognition of my work with bilingual families.
I originally worked with both children and adults and was a specialist in adult neurology and voice for two years before focussing on work with children. I now have over 30 years clinical experience working with children with a wide range of disorders. In Rochdale, UK, I established and led the specialist team of speech and language therapists and bilingual assistants. This team specialises in working with bilingual children and their families. Where appropriate the team works in the mother tongue of the family rather than imposing the majority language (in this case English) on the family. The team have been at the forefront of clinical research which aims to develop effective therapy techniques for bilingual children.
In addition to research papers and book chapters (where my particular focus is on clinical effectiveness and the delivery of equitable services to bilingual children) I developed the first comprehensively norm-referenced speech assessment for Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu (Pakistani heritage languages) to be published by a commercial publisher in the UK. I have developed e-learning modules related to bilingualism for the Department of Health and for RCSLT and have written and reviewed professional guidelines relating to working with bilingual children for the RCSLT and for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).
For many years I was involved in the clinical teaching of speech and language therapy students. I now lecture on bilingualism at both graduate and undergraduate level to speech and language therapists and other professionals. I also give talks to groups of bilingual parents.
Honorary professional positions
I am a trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and sit on the governing Council as the Councillor for Professional Development and Standards. In this role I also chair the RCSLT Professional Development and Standards Board. I am an RCSLT adviser in bilingualism.
In 2005, with Dr S. Pert, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing assessment tools to be used with Pakistani heritage children.
Dr S. PertDr S. Pert is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist – Speech and Language Disorders/Bilingualism. Dr Pert is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (http://www.hpc-uk.org) and is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT http://www.rcslt.org). Dr Pert has more than seventeen years clinical experience and has a special interest in speech and language disorders and bilingualism.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)Dr Pert is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and his roles include:
- Clinical adviser for bilingualism and speech and language disorders
- Membership and Communication Board (Adviser member)
Dr Pert was awarded a Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons), at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995. Dr Pert has produced several published works including research papers, speech and language therapy assessments and book chapters. Dr Pert completed his doctoral studies with Newcastle University in May 2007. Dr Pert also has a PGDip in Leading and Managing in Healthcare Organisations from Salford University (2011).
Dr Pert currently works with children with speech and language disorders of all ages, bilingual children as well as coordinating a team of therapists to provide community clinic based speech and language therapy. Dr Pert is also involved in coordinating and delivering student training.
Dr Pert is employed by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Community Health Care.
NHS Diversity case studyDr Pert took part in a National Health Service diversity case study which you can read here:
STERNBERG AWARD FOR CLINICAL INNOVATION
In October 2005, Dr C. Stow and Dr S. Pert were awarded 'The Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation' by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) for their work with bilingual Pakistani heritage children. The research has been published as a practical screening resource, 'Bilingual Speech Sound Screen: Pakistani Heritage Languages', by Speechmark.