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ELCISS aims to enhance language and communication in secondary school children with primary language and communication impairment through narrative/storytelling and vocabulary enrichment.

Cristina Losito

Research Assistant

Qualifications: PGDip Speech and Language Therapy, BSc Sociology

Biography

I am a speech and language therapist with a background in sociology.

Prior to completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy at City University, I worked as interpreter and translator in the profit and non-profit sector, both in England and in Italy. For a number of years I also worked as a researcher in a cultural policy organization, promoting collaborative practice between the arts and culture and other sectors of society.

For the last few months I have been working as a research assistant on the Enhancing Language and Communication in Secondary Schools (ELCISS) project, whilst completing my MSc Speech and Language Therapy conversion at City University.

This is a very interesting project to be involved with and it has given me the opportunity to develop a better understanding of some of the challenges that students with speech and language difficulties face at secondary school. My clinical interest is on the interface between language abilities and literacy skills and the ELCISS project is enabling me to investigate this further.

I really enjoy working with teaching assistants and students and being part of a team.

My responsibilities include:

  • Assessing children using standardised and non-standardised assessments.
  • Recording and transcribing assessment results and entering all data.
  • Assisting in the training and support of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) in conducting the narrative and vocabulary enrichment intervention programmes.
  • Liaising with school staff, including SENCOs, LSAs, and Teachers.
  • Liaising with parents in order to obtain information regarding their child's progress.

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