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Research is an important activity at the Champion Centre, which is a local partner of the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour at the University of Canterbury.  We are engaged in several ongoing research projects.  The most ambitious involves tracking the development of children who attend the Champion Centre through parent and professional questionnaires at six monthly intervals.  The focus of the analyis is on whether parents and professionals share similar views of the children and on how that impacts the development and execution of children's individualised programmes.  We are also exploring whether the same questionnaires can give us useful evidence of outcomes of our programmes for children.  To learn more about this research project, please contact project leader and Centre director, Dr. Susan Foster-Cohen  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) We are currently running this project with only a very small grant from NZILBB for the questionnaires.  If you would like to help fund the project, please let us know.  

Recent Publications and Presentations

Foster-Cohen, S. "Profiling Dyspraxia", keynote address to the Dypraxia Support Group conference in Auckland, October 5th, 2013.  A copy of the presentation slides can be found here

Project report from the Cross-Agency Learning Resource Project which ran from 2010 to 2012 and involved the design, delivery and evaluation of a visual supports programme for primary school children with disabilities in Christchurch, New Zealand. A copy of the report is available here.

Van Bysterveldt, A., Foster-Cohen, S. and Gillon, G. (2013) Engaging Families in Promoting Emerging Literacy for Children with Down Syndrome. In Promising Practices for Engaging Families in Literacy. Information Age Publishing.

Van Bysterveldt, A. K., Westerveld, M. K., Gillon, G. & Foster-Cohen, S. (2012) Personal narrative skills of school-aged children with Down syndrome. International Journal of Communication Disorders. 47 (1), 95-105

Wong, T.P., Moran, C. & Foster-Cohen, S. (2012) The effects of expansions, questions and cloze procedures on children’s conversational skills. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 26(3), 273-287

van Bysterveldt, A., Gillon, G., & Foster-Cohen, S. (2010) Literacy environments for children with Down syndrome: What’s happening at home? Down Syndrome Research and Practice 12(2);98-102



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