Research and publications

  • Publications

    Kids Health Information fact sheets

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Kids Health Information fact sheets cover a wide range of topics including many that are relevant to Speech Pathology.

    Articulation Survey

    The Articulation Survey is an assessment of sound production created and produced by the Speech Pathology Department at the RCH. Details on this assessment and how to order can be found on the RCH Articulation Survey webpage.

    Brochures and handouts

    The Speech Pathology department have developed a number of information brochures which are free to download and use. 

    Feeding and Eating:

    Eating and Mealtimes

    Messy Play with Food

    Chewing Practice

    Gagging, Choking and Spitting

    Thickened Fluids


    Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS)


    Communicating with your Baby

    Encouraging Communication, Creating Opportunities

    Tips to Encourage Language Development

    Encouraging Listening, Understanding and Talking

    Cleft and VPI:

    Velopharyngeal Incompetence (VPI) Clinic


    Saliva Control


    See below a select list of publications from the Speech Pathology department and Murdoch Children's Research Institute:

    Cooper, M.S., Levi, E., Desai, M., Downey, E.James, S., & Chong, D. (2021). Making decisions about surgical intervention for drooling in children with neurodisability. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2021, Letter to the Editor

    O’ Toole, C., Ní Shíthigh, D., Molamphy, A., Walsh, E. (2020). Findings from the first phase of developing a receptive vocabulary test for the Irish language. International Journal of Bilingualism, 24 (4), 572-587.

    Hildebrand, M.S., Jackson, V.E., Scerri, T.S., Van reyk, O., Coleman, M., Braden, R., Turner, S., Rigbye, K.A., Boys, A., Barton, S., Webster, R., Fahey, M., Saunders, K., Parry-Fielder, B., Paxton, G., Hayman, M., Coman, D., Goel, H., Baxter, A., Ma, A., Davis, N., Reilly, S., Delatycki, M., iegeois, F.J., Connelly, A., Gecz, J., Fisher, S.E., Amor, D., Scheffer, I., Bahlo, M., Morgan, A.T. (2019). Severe childhood speech disorder: Gene discovery highlights transcriptional dysregulation. Neurology.
    Sanchez, K., Spittle, A.J., Boyce, J.O., Leembruggen, L., Mantelos, A., Mills, S. Mitchell, N., Neil, E., St Johns, M., Treloar, J., Morgan, A.T. (2019). Conversational language in three-year-old children born very preterm and at term. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63(1), 206-215.
    Pigdon, L., Willmott, C., Reilly, S., Conti-Ramsden, G., & Morgan, A.T. (2019). What predicts nonword repetition performance? Child Neuropsychology, 1-16.
    Koolen, D.A., Morgan, A.T., & de Vries, B. (2019). Koolen-de Vries Syndrome. NIH Gene Reviews.
    Johnson, J.L., Stoica, L., Liu, L., Zhu, P.J., Bhattacharya, A., Buffington, S., Huq, R., Eissa, N.T., Larsson, O., Porse, B.T., Domingo, D., Nawaz, U., Carroll, R., Jolly, L., Scerri, T.S., Yyung-Goo, K., Brignell, A., Coleman, M.J., Braden, R., Kini, U., Jackson, V., Baxter, A., Bahlo, M., Scheffer, I.E., Amor, D.J., Hildebrand, M.S., Bonnen, P.E., Beeton, C., Gecz, J., Morgan, A.T., Costa-Mattioli, M.. (2019). Inhibition of Upf2-dependent nonsense-mediated decay leads to behavioural and neurophysiological abnormalities by activating the immune response. Neuron, 104(4), 665-679.e8.
    Pigdon, L., Wilmott, C., Reilly, S., Conti-Ramsden, G., Gaser, C., Connelly, A., Morgan, A.T. (2019). Grey matter volume in developmental speech and language disorder. Brain Structure and Function, 1-12.
    Eising, E., Carrion-Castillo, A., Vino, A., Strand, E.A., Jakielski, K.J., Scerri, T.S., Hildebrand, M.S., Webster, R., Ma, A., Mazoyer, B., Frankcs, C., Bahlo, M., Scheffer, I.E., Morgan, A.T., Shriberg, L.D., & Fisher, S.E. (2019). A set of regulatory genes co-expressed in embryonic human brain is implicated in disrupted speech development. Molecular Psychiatry, 24(7), 1065-1078.
    Boyce, J.O., Sanchez, K., Amor, D.J., Reilly, S., Da Costa, A., Kilpatrick, N., & Morgan, A.T. (2019). Exploring the speech and language of individuals with non-syndromic submucous cleft palate: a preliminary report. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 54(5), 767-778.
    Liegeois, F., Mei, C., Pigdon, L., Lee, K.J., Stojanowski, B., Mackay, M., & Morgan, A.T. (2019). Speech and Language Impairments After Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Does Hemisphere Matter? Pediatric Neurology, 92, 55-59.
    Khan, K., Zech, M., Morgan, A.T., Amor, D.J., Skorvanek, M., Khan, T.N., Hildebrand, M.S., Jackson, V.E., Scerri, T.S., Coleman, M., Rigbye, K.A., Scheffer, I.E., Bahlo, M., Wagner, M., Lam, D.D., Berutti, R., Havránková, P., Fečíková, A., Strom, T.M., Han, V., Dosekova, P., Gdovinova, Z., Laccone, F., Jameel, M., Mooney, M.R., Baig, S.M., Jech, R., Davis, E.E., Katsanis, N., & Winkelmann, J. (2019). Recessive variants in ZNF142 cause a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with intellectual disability, speech impairment, seizures, and dystonia. Genetics in Medicine, 21(11), 2532-2542.
    Braden, R., Leventer, R., Jansen, A., Scheffer, I.E., & Morgan, A.T. (2019). Speech and language in bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria, A systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 61(10), 1145-1152.
    Liegeois, F., Turner, S.J., Mayes, A., Bonthrone, A., Boys, A., Parry-Fielder, B., Mandelstam, S., Spencer-Smith, M., Connelly, A., & Morgan, A.T. (2019). Dorsal language stream anomalies in an inherited speech disorder. Brain, 142(4), 966-977.
    Morgan, A.T., van Haaften, L., van Hulst, K., Edley, C., Mei, C., Tan, T., Amor, D., Fisher, S., & Koolen, D.A. (2018). Early speech development in Koolen de Vries Syndrome limited by oral praxis and hypotonia. European Journal of Human Genetics, 26(1), 75-84.
    Mei, C., Fedorenko, E., Amor, D., Boys, A., Hoeflin, C., Carew, P., Burgess, T., Fisher, S., & Morgan, A.T. (2018). Deep phenotyping of speech and language skills in individuals with 16p11.2 deletion. European Journal of Human Genetics, 26(5), 676-686.
    Kurth, F., Luders, E., Pigdon, L., Conti-Ramsden, G., Reilly, S., & Morgan, A.T. (2018). Altered gray matter volumes in language-associated regions in children with developmental language disorder and speech sound disorder. Developmental Psychobiology, 60(7), 814-824.
    Brignell, A., Song, H., Zhu, J., Suo, C., Lu, D., & Morgan, A.T. (2018). Are communication interventions effective for autism spectrum disorders in minimally verbal children? Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (CD012324.pub2).
    Mürner-Lavanchy, I., Kelly, C., Reidy, N., Doyle, L., Lee, K., Inder, T., Thompson, D., Morgan, A.T., & Anderson, P.J. (2018). White matter microstructure is associated with language in children born very preterm. NeuroImage: Clinical, 20, 808-822.
    Morgan, A.T., & Webster, R. (2018). Aetiology of childhood apraxia of speech: A clinical practice update for paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54(10), 1090-1095.
    Brignell, A., St John, M., Bruce, A., Dinale, C., Pigdon, L., Hildebrand, M., Amor, D., & Morgan, A.T.  (2018). Characterization of speech and language phenotype in children with NRXN1 deletions. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B, 177(8), 700-708.
    Morgan, A.T., Murray, E., & Liegeois, F. (2018). Interventions for childhood apraxia of speech. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (CD006278), 1-76.
    Morgan, A.T., Su, M., Reilly, S., Conti-Ramsden, G., Connelly, A., & Liegeois, F. (2018). A brain marker for developmental speech disorder. Journal of Pediatrics, 198, 234-239.e1.
    Morgan, A.T., Ttofari Eecen, K., Pezic, A., Brommeyer, K., Mei, C., Eadie, P., Reilly, S., & Dodd, S. (2017). dysa at 4 years versus who to ‘watch and wait’? Journal of Pediatrics, 185, 200-204.
    Mei, C., Anderson, V., Waugh, M.C., Cahill, L., & Morgan, A.T.* on behalf of the TBI guideline development group (2018). Evidence- and consensus-based guidelines for the management of communication and swallowing disorders following paediatric traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33(5), 326-341. *Senior author. Paper associated with NHMRC endorsed TBI guidelines.