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Dr Michael Clarke
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
  • Associate Professor
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

My research interests concern development in children with severe cerebral palsy affecting the whole body who have little or not functional speech; children's use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and tools, and service provision for children with communication disability. My current research is focused on the assessment of early looking behaviours in young children with severe cerebral palsy (www.ucl.ac.uk/gaze), and ways in which to establish profiles of co-morbidity in this group. I also have an interest in the ways in which children with severe cerebral palsy engage in in conversational interaction and social participation with their peers and others, and in determining multi-dimensional factors that inhibit or promote children's participation in formal and informal settings, including the take-up of AAC.

As a speech and language therapist my primary area of clinical practice has been the specialist assessment of communication skills in children with physical disability and complex needs, including facilitating the decision-making involved in selecting and securing appropriate communication equipment, goal-setting, monitoring and evaluation.


Academic Background
2005 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Speech Communication University College London
1994 MSc Master of Science – Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics University College London
1989 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Geography University of North London
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