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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.

Michelle Sahadi

Research Assistant

Qualifications: PGDip Speech and Language Therapy, BSc Criminal Justice, Communicative Disorders and minor in Psychology


I am a newly qualified speech and language therapist. I have just completed the Post-Graduate Diploma in Speech and Language Therapy at City University.

Prior to this, I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology in 2004 from West Chester University, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. I returned to West Chester University and completed coursework in Communicative Disorders in 2008.

My work experience in the States, revolving around children with behavioural, learning and mental difficulties, has inspired me to learn more about communication and language needs.

I have been trained in behavioural techniques that incorporate different communication modes, e.g. American Sign Language, Picture Exchange Communication System ( P.E.C.S), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (T.E.A.C.C.H), Verbal behavior (VB), and Makaton. I use my understanding of behaviours to help support and give communication tools and strategies to those who have special needs.

Recently, I have been using these skills as a behaviour therapist in homes and as a support worker in schools with children as young as four and as old as nineteen. Working with this population helps me incorporate my training in speech and language therapy. Giving children a voice to express their wants and needs is one of the most amazing parts of my job.

As part of my coursework, I gained first hand experience working with many populations who have communication difficulties. I was lucky enough to work at one of the secondary schools that had been part of the original ELCISS project. This sparked even greater interest working with secondary school children who needed support with language and understanding.

Currently, I am working as a research assistant on the Enhancing Language and Communication in Secondary Schools (ELICISS) project, whilst I am completing my Masters conversion in Speech and Language Therapy at City University.

  • 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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