Prof. Helen Grech

Prof. Helen Grech

Prof. Helen Grech

 Dip.Sp.&Ther.,M.Ed.,Ph.D.(Manchester)

Associate Professor

Room 19
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida
  +356 2340 1858
Professor Helen Grech is the Head of the Department of Communication Therapy within the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Malta. She is a registered audiologist and speech-language pathologist. Her research interests are related to speech and language acquisition and disorders in multilingual and multicultural populations. Helen Grech has been involved in a number of cross-linguistic research projects and Inter-Governmental COST Actions. She was awarded several research grants such as a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship and a 4-year FP6 project, funded by the European Commission. She is a regular research grant reviewer. Professor Grech has contributed chapters in several books, has more than 30 published articles in peer reviewed journals and other scientific contributions. Professor Grech has been an invited as lecturer by several highly reputed institutions. She has also been invited as keynote speaker in various international scientific events. Helen Grech has mentored successfully a number of Ph.D. and postgraduate dissertations. She has also acted as examiner for postgraduate dissertations including Ph.D.s in in other European institutions. She is the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).
  • Speech and language acquisition in bilingual children
  • Speech sound disorders in children
  • Hearing Impairment in children
  • Communication disorders in multilingual & multicultural populations

GRECH, H. & CHENG, L.R., 2016. Conceptual Framework for Speech Language Patholoigsts to Work with Migrants: A Focus on Malta. Journal of Educational Issues, 2(2), pp. 141--163.

GRECH, H., DODD, B. and FRANKLIN, S., 2016. Bilingual speech assessment for Maltese children
. In: M. BALL and E. BABATSOULI, eds, Communication disorders across languages. United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters, .

KATSOS, N., GRECH, H. and ETC, 2016. Cross-linguistic Patterns in the Acquisition of Quantifiers Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 8(18),.

CALLEJA, N., GRECH, H. and BAMIOU, D., 2013.
The Performance of Maltese Bilingual Children on a Maltese-English Non-Word Repetition Task. 29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics 2013.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2013.
Early lexical expression in typically developing Maltese children: implications for the identification of language delay.  Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27(6-7), pp. 459 -471-459-471.

MCLEOD, S., VERDON, S., BOWEN, C., GRECH, H. and INTERNATIONAL EXPERT PANEL ON MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN’S SPEECH, 2013.
International aspirations for speech-language pathologists’ practice with multilingual children with speech sound disorders: Development of a position paper. 
. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46(4), pp. 375-387-375-387.

MCLEOD, S., VERDON, S., BOWEN, C., GRECH, H. and MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERT PANEL ON MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN’S SPEECH, 2013.
Multilingual children with speech sound disorders: Creation of a position paper by an international expert panel.Paper presented atin 2 hour seminar titled Multilingual children’s speech, language, and hearing. , 29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics 2013.

CALLEJA, N., GRECH, H. and BAMIOU, D., 2012.
Development of a Maltese-English non-word repetition test and emerging trends.
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CALLEJA, N., GRECH, H. and BAMIOU, D., 2012.
Pilot Study: Auditory Processing in Maltese Children Aged Between 7;0- 9;11 years. XXXI World Congress of Audiology 2012.

GRECH, H., 2012. Identification  of multilingual children with communication disorders. Journal of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Taiwan, 29, pp. 57 --70.

GRECH, H. and MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERT PANEL ON MULTILINGUAL CHILDREN’S SPEECH, 2012.
Multilingual children with speech sound disorders: Position paper.
ISBN 978-0-9874288-0-6. http://www.csu.edu.au/research/multilingual-speech/position-paper.: Bathurst, NSW, Australia: Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), Charles Sturt University.

KATSOS, N. and ET AL INCLUDING GRECH, H., 2012.
 The acquisition of quantification across languages: Some predictions.
, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Child Language Development. Edited by Alia K. Biller, Esther Y. Chung, and Amelia Kimball
Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA.
2012, pp. 258--268.

CALLEJA, N., AXIAQ, S. and GRECH, H., 2011. Speech Characteristics of Four Maltese Children with Cochlear Implants – Case Studies. Athens, Greece edn.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2011. Grammatical composition of early expressive vocabularies: evidence from Maltese-speaking children. Montreal, Canada edn.

GOLDSTEIN, B., MCLEOD, S., GRECH, H., INGRAM, D., WASHINGTON, K., PREZAS, R., ROJAS, R., KIT SUM, C., GILDERSLEEVE-NEUMANN, C. and TOPBAS, S., 2011.
 Cross-linguistic & Multilingual Aspects of Speech & Sound Disorders in Children.   ASHA Convention, 17-19 Nov. 2011.

GRECH, H., 2011. Translation to Practice: Phonological Analysis of the Speech of Multilingual Children in Malta . In: S. MCLEOD and B. GOLDSTEIN, eds, 1st edn. UK, US, Canada: Multilingual Matters, pp. 212-- 214.

GRECH, H., DODD, B. and FRANKLIN, S., 2011. Maltese-English Speech Assessment (MESA) . Malta: University of Malta.

GRECH, H., FRANKLIN, S. and DODD, B., 2011. Language Assessment for Maltese Children (LAMC) . Malta: University of Malta.

GRECH, H. and MCLEOD, S., 2011. Multilingual Speech and Language Development and Disorders. In: D. BATTLE, ed,
Communication Disorders in Multicultural Populations.
4th edn. US: Elsevier, pp. 120-- 147.

XUEREB, R., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2011. The development of a literacy diagnostic tool for Maltese children . Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25(5), pp. 379-- 398.

CHENG, L., GRECH, H., FERNANDES, F. and ANDREADE, C., 2010. Education of Speech-Language Pathologists for the Global Community
, Proceedings of the XXV111th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 22-26 August 2010 2010.

GRECH, H. and CHENG, L., 2010. Communication in the migrant community in Malta. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, (5), pp. 246-- 254.

XUEREB, R., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2009. Literacy, phonology and bilingualism in Maltese children: The development of a diagnostic tool for reading and writing difficulties
, Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Communication Disorders Multilingual Populations, 6-8 November 2009 2009.

GRECH, H., 2008. Speech and Language Assessments for Maltese Children. Bighi, Malta: MCST.

GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2008. Phonological acquisition in Malta: a bilingual language learning context . International Journal of Bilingualism, 12, (3): 155-171(3), pp. 155--177.

GRECH, H., 2007. Maltese Speech Acquisition . In: S. MCLEOD, ed, The International Guide to Speech Acquisition. 1st edn. Thomson Delmar Learning, pp. 483-- 494.

GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2005. Developmental speech and/or language impairment in multilingual populations: a review. Logopedie, , pp. 73-- 79.

GRECH, H., 2002. Speech-language pathology in Malta: meeting local needs in a global perspective. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 54, pp. 91-- 94.

GRECH, H., 2000. Cross-linguistic comparison of phonotactic development. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 47, pp. 35-- 45.

GRECH, H. and HESKETH, A., 1996. Conventions applicable in transcription and analysis of speech of children exposed to a bilingual environment. Journal of the Israeli Speech Hearing & Language Association, 19, pp. 255-- 268.

GRECH, H., 1994. Hearing disability in children: the outcome in Malta. Journal British Association of Teachers of the Deaf, 18(1), pp. 30-- 33.

GRECH, H., 1993. Screening children for hearing impairment (some recommendations for the Maltese Islands) . M. British Association of Teachers of the Deaf, 17(2), pp. 7-- 10.

GRECH, H., 1990. A Speech Test of Hearing for Maltese Children. M,Ed. (Audiology) edn. UK: University of Manchester.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B.,
What’s in an Early Word? Characteristics and Development of Word Production in Young Maltese Children. , 29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

  • CMT2048 - Specific Language Disorders in Childhood (including Developmental Speech Disorders and Written Language Disorders)
  • CMT2051 - Clinical Phonology
  • CMT4513 - Clinical Linguistics
  • CMT4514 - Language Pathology and Communication Therapy 1
  • CMT4515 - Language Pathology and Communication Therapy 2
  • CMT5001 - Audiological Management: Paediatrics
  • CMT5004 - Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss
  • CMT5010 - Amplification Systems, Assistive Devices and Modes of Communication
  • HSC3002 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences
ONGOING RESEARCH INVOLVEMENT/PROJECTS
- COST Action IS1406 - Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond -
A collaboration

- COST ACTION CA16234 - European Cleft and Craniofacial Initiative for Equality in Care

-Conformity and Usability Risk Assessment for SPEECHIE Commercialisation – CRISP - TAKEOFF
Proof-of-Concept Funds – Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Malta

- Development of a Novel Device to Support Children with Language Impairment in a Bilingual
Context - Fusion Technology Development Programme 2016 - Malta Council for Science and
Technology (MCST), Malta

- Impact of Forced Migration on Communication and Social Adaptation in Malta

- The Effect of Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) on Children in Malta


MEMBERSHIP
Member of the Board of the International SLT Network
Member of the Malta Neuroscience Network
Consultant, Multilingual and Multicultural Affairs, Committee, IALP
Member of the Child Speech Committee, IALP
Member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech
Member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
Member of the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics
Member of the Association of Speech Language Pathologists (Malta)
Member of the Malta Association of Audiologists

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