Dr Maggie Vance, CertMRCSLT, DipCST, MSc, PhD.

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

email : m.vance@sheffield.ac.uk


Maggie Vance is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Language and Education. She first qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist and has worked in a range of clinic and education contexts with children with speech, language and communication impairments. She took an MSc in Human Communication Science and was appointed a Research Fellow and then Lecturer at the Department of Human Communication Science at University College London, completing her PhD in Speech Sciences at University of London in 2001. She was awarded a Research Training Fellowship by The Health Foundation from 2003 to 2006. Maggie joined the department here at Sheffield in 2007 to run the multi-professional distance learning courses in Language and Communication Impairment in Children.

Professional activities

Invited talks:

  • 2011 ‘Psycholinguistic Assessment for developmental speech difficulties’. Trinity College Dublin, 
  • 2009 ‘Short-term memory and audtiory processing in children with language impairments’. Centro de Medicina de Reabilitação – Alcoitão, Portugal.
  • 2008 ‘Children with speech, language and communication needs ’ British Association of Applied Linguistics Seminar Series. Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
  • Co-organizer of conference:
    2011 - Children’s Language and Communication Needs: Evaluating Intervention and Provision in Schools held  at The University of Sheffield

Editorial Commitments:

  • 2008 to present Co-Editor, Child Language Teaching and Therapy.
  • 2006 to present Editorial Consultant, Advances in Speech Language Pathology.

Research interests

  • Evaluation of speech and language interventions for children with SLCN, and single case research design.
  • Speech perception / discrimination skills in young children, particularly in relation to language development and language disorder.
  • Short-term memory and speech processing and language skills in children
  • Psycholinguistic approach to assessment of children with speech and language difficulties.


Current PhD students

Recent conference presentations

2012 Using single-case methodology to evaluate every-day speech, language and communication interventions in educational contexts. RCSLT Conference: Driving transformation using evidence-based practice. Manchester

2012 Sentence repetition in children with communication impairments Panel presentation with Dr Anne Hesketh and Dr Nick Riches, . International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Symposium, Cork

2011 Assessing speech perception in children with language difficulties: Effects of background noise and phonetic contrast Child Language Seminar, Newcastle

Key recent publications

  1. StJohn P & Vance M (in press)  Evaluation of a principled approach to vocabulary learning in mainstream classes. Child Language Teaching & Therapy
  2. Vance M & Martindale N (2012) Assessing speech perception ability in children with identified language difficulties: Effects of background noise and phonetic contrast. International Journal of Speech & Language Pathology. 14, 1, 48-58
  3. Speake, J., Howard, S. & Vance, M. (2011) Intelligibility in children with persisting speech disorders: A case study. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders.
  4. Crosskey, L & Vance M (2011) Training teachers to support pupils'
    listening in class: an evaluation using pupil questionnaires. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 27, 2,
  5. Vance, M, Rosen, S & Coleman, M (2009) Assessing speech perception in young children and relationships with language skills. International Journal of Audiology, 48, 10, 708 - 717.
  6. Vance M (2008) Short term memory in children with language impairments.
    In C. Norbury, B. Tomblin (eds) Understanding Developmental Language Disorders. Hove: Psychology Press 6. Stackhouse J, Vance M, Pascoe M & Wells B (2007) Compendium of Auditory and Speech Tasks: Children's speech and literacy difficulties. John Wiley publishers.