Lecturer
Speech and Hearing Sciences
1.32
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex,
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
School of Clinical Therapies
College Road

T: +353 21 4901539
E: c.otoole@ucc.ie

Dr. Ciara O'Toole is a Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences UCC. Her teaching and research interests are in the area of paediatric communication development and disorders. She has particular interest in bilingual language acquisition and children who are acquiring Irish as a first/second language. Dr. O'Toole is currently responsible for coordinating the 2nd year of the BSc in Speech and Language Therapy, and coordinates the 1st year module on language sciences. Dr O'Toole also supervises 4th year research dissertations.

Ciara gained her undergraduate Honours degree in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 1999. She then began working as a speech and language therapist in the Southern Health Board and COPE Foundation, where her main interests were in the areas of early language development and intellectual disabilities. She gained a Master's degree in Human Communication at University College London in 2003, investigating the relationship between symbolic functioning and language development in children with Down syndrome. She joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC in 2004, initially as the Director of Practice Education/Lecturer and in 2005 as a full time lecturer. Dr. O'Toole completed her doctoral degree in 2009, investigating early lexical and grammatical development of Irish-speaking children. For this she adapted the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories to Irish and used it to collect normative information on language acquisition in Irish speaking toddlers aged 16-40 months. In 2011 Dr. O'Toole received funding from Foras na Gaeilge in collaboration with Dr. Tina Hickey in UCD to extend the norming of tests to children aged 8-36 months in Gaeltacht regions across Ireland.  

Dr O'Toole is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and is an editor of the Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies and Child Language Teaching and Therapy. Ciara is also a reviewer for the Journal of Child Language, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, among others.

Research Interests

Dr. O'Toole's research interests include early language development in bilingual and clinical populations. She also has investigated collaboration between speech and language therapists and other professionals, and the impact of a Problem Based Learning curriculum on undergraduate students

Dr. O'Toole is involved in the interdisciplinary research institute for the social sciences in UCC (ISS21), that seeks to build, sustain and enhance research on social, economic and cultural issues that will shape Ireland during the 21st century. She is a member of both the children and youth, and the health, wellbeing and food research cluster.

Dr. O'Toole represented Ireland on the management committee of a COST Action project (IS0804): Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment. The aim of this action was to bring together researchers in the area of specific language impairment in bilingual children to share ideas and carry out joint crosslinguistic reserach. The group began meeting in 2009 and the final meeting took place in 2014. 

Ciara also received a visiting researcher grant from the ESRC Centre for Bilingualism in Research and Practice, in Bangor University, Wales in 2010. This grant enabled a group of international researchers in the area of bilingual language acquisition to come together and discuss their work during a workshop in Wales hosted by the ESRC centre. Dr O'Toole is currently investigating the acquisition of Irish in preschool children with Dr. Tina Hickey in UCD.

In 2014, Dr. O'Toole won a HRB Cochrane Fellowship to investigate Parent training to promote spoken language in preschool children with Down syndrome. She will begin her Fellowship in 2015.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Parent training to promote spoken language in preschool children with Down syndromeHealth Research Board01-JAN-1501-JAN-17€104,197.00
Irish Language Acquisition by Infants.Government Departments01-MAR-1130-OCT-16€30,170.00
Language Impairment in a Multilingual SocietyCOST Actions08-JUN-0929-MAY-13€300,000.00
Prevalence and epidemiology of speech and language impairments within a nationally representative sample of Irish childern.Health Research Board04-JUN-1214-SEP-12€2,000.00
Sealbhú na Gaeilge ag NaíonáinOther: Not Listed01-MAR-0601-APR-09€1,000.00

Books

YearPublication
(2016)Language Development and Language Impairment: A Problem Based Introduction.
Fletcher, P O'Toole, C (2016) Language Development and Language Impairment: A Problem Based Introduction. Boston: Wiley. Globe icon [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2017)'Parent report of early lexical production in bilingual children across varied contexts: A CDI study'
O’Toole, C. Gatt, D., Hickey, T.M., Mieksz, Haman, E. Armon-Lotem, Rinker, T., Ohana, O., dos Santos, C. and S. Kern, S. (2017) 'Parent report of early lexical production in bilingual children across varied contexts: A CDI study'. International Journal Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism, 20 (2):124-145 Globe icon [Details]
(2017)'Bilingual language acquisition in a minority context: using the Irish English Communicative Development Inventory to track acquisition of an endangered language'
O’Toole, C. and Hickey, T.M (2017) 'Bilingual language acquisition in a minority context: using the Irish English Communicative Development Inventory to track acquisition of an endangered language'. International Journal Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism, 20 (2):146-162 Globe icon [Details]
(2017)'Risk and protective environmental factors for early bilingual acquistioin'
Gatt, D., O'Toole, C (2017) 'Risk and protective environmental factors for early bilingual acquistioin'. International Journal Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order of words?'
Luniewska, M,Haman, E,Armon-Lotem, S,Etenkowski, B,Southwood, F,Andelkovic, D,Blom, E,Boerma, T,Chiat, S,de Abreu, PE,Gagarina, N,Gavarro, A,Hakansson, G,Hickey, T,de Lopez, KJ,Marinis, T,Popovic, M,Thordardottir, E,Blaziene, A,Sanchenz, MC,Dabasinskiene, I,Ege, P,Ehret, IA,Fritsche, NA,Gatt, D,Janssen, B,Kambanaros, M,Kapalkova, S,Kronqvist, B,Kunnari, S,Levorato, C,Nenonen, O,Fhlannchadha, SN,O'Toole, C,Polisenska, K,Pomiechowska, B,Ringblom, N,Rinker, T,Roch, M,Savic, M,Slancova, D,Tsimpli, IM,Unal-Logacev, O (2016) 'Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order of words?'. Behavior research methods, 48 :1154-1177 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Parent-mediated interventions to promote communication and language development in children with Down syndrome aged between birth and six years'
O’Toole, C., Lee, A. S.-Y., Gibbon, F. E., van Bystervedlt, A. K., Conway, P. & Hart, N. J. (2016) 'Parent-mediated interventions to promote communication and language development in children with Down syndrome aged between birth and six years'. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews, (2) Globe icon [Details]
(2015)'Using Parental Report to Assess Early Lexical Production in Children Exposed to More Than One Language'
Gatt, D,O'Toole, C,Haman, E,ArmonLotem, S,DeJong, J,Meir, N (2015) 'Using Parental Report to Assess Early Lexical Production in Children Exposed to More Than One Language'. Assessing Multilingual Children: Disentangling Bilingualism From Language Impairment, 13 :151-195 [Details]
(2015)'Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a crosslinguistic ordering of words?'
Magdalena Łuniewska, Ewa Haman, Sharon Armon-Lotem....Tina Hickey & Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha & Ciara O'Toole (+ other authors) (2015) 'Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a crosslinguistic ordering of words?'. Behavioural Research Methods, [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Diagnosing language impairment in bilinguals: Professional experience and perception'
O'Toole, C,Hickey, TM (2013) 'Diagnosing language impairment in bilinguals: Professional experience and perception'. Child Language Teaching & Therapy, 29 :91-109 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'
O'Toole, C,Fletcher, P (2012) 'Profiling vocabulary acquisition in Irish'. Journal of Child Language, 39 :205-220 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Phonology for communication disorders'
O'Toole, C (2012) 'Phonology for communication disorders'. Journal of the International Phonetics Association, 42 :209-211 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Validity of a Parent Report Instrument for Irish-Speaking Toddlers'
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2010) 'Validity of a Parent Report Instrument for Irish-Speaking Toddlers'. First Language, 30 :199-217 [Details]
(2010)'Speech and language therapists training and confidence in serving bilingual clients'
Harnett, S. & O'Toole, C. (2010) 'Speech and language therapists training and confidence in serving bilingual clients'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 17 :57-73 [Details]
(2008)'Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition'
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) 'Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 16 :12-27 [Details]
(2007)'Building collaboration between professionals in health and education through interdisciplinary training'
O'Toole, C. & Kirkpatrick, V. (2007) 'Building collaboration between professionals in health and education through interdisciplinary training'. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 23 :325-352 [Details]
(2007)'Dysphagia evaluation practices of speech and language therapists in Ireland: Clinical assessment and instrumental examination decision-making'
Pettigrew, CM &O'Toole, C. (2007) 'Dysphagia evaluation practices of speech and language therapists in Ireland: Clinical assessment and instrumental examination decision-making'. Dysphagia, 22 :235-244 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Symbolic functioning and language development in children with Down syndrome'
O'Toole, C. & Chiat, S. (2006) 'Symbolic functioning and language development in children with Down syndrome'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 41 :155-171 [DOI] [Details]
(2000)'Experiencing special needs in mainstream primary schools'
O'Toole, C. (2000) 'Experiencing special needs in mainstream primary schools'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 10 :17-40 [Details]
(2000)'Experiencing special needs in mainstream primary schools: A parent's perspective'
O'Toole, C. (2000) 'Experiencing special needs in mainstream primary schools: A parent's perspective'. Frontline of Learning Disability, 43 :12-14 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2015)'Using parent report to assess early lexical production in children exposed to more than one language'
Gatt, D., O'Toole, C. & Haman, E. (2015) 'Using parent report to assess early lexical production in children exposed to more than one language' In: Armon-Lotem, S., Weir, N & De Jong, J (eds). Assessing multilingual children: Disentangling bilingualism from language impairment. Briston: Multilingual Matters. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2013)'Using parent report to assess bilingual vocabulary acquisition: A model from Irish'
O'Toole, C (2013) 'Using parent report to assess bilingual vocabulary acquisition: A model from Irish' In: Gathercole, VCM (eds). Solutions for the Assessment of Bilinguals. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Learning Styles and Academic Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study on the Impact of a Problem-based Learning Curriculum'
O'Toole, C. (2012) 'Learning Styles and Academic Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study on the Impact of a Problem-based Learning Curriculum' In: Bridges, S., Whitehill, T & McGrath, C (eds). Researching Problem-based Learning in Clinical Education: The Next Generation. London: Springer. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2016)'CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study. Identifying language impairments in children'
Dorothy V Bishop​1, Margaret J Snowling, Paul A Thompson, Trisha Greenhalgh, CATALISE consortium (2016) 'CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study. Identifying language impairments in children' PeerJ, 4 (e1986v1) . [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Planting seeds for the future: An examination of education of speech-language pathology'
O’Toole, C.; (2007) 'Planting seeds for the future: An examination of education of speech-language pathology' Update, :6-11. [Details]
(2007)'Making a real difference'
O’Toole, C. (2007) 'Making a real difference' UCC News, . [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2008)Proceedings of the conference on International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
O'Toole, C. (2008) Concept Maps and Products in a Problem Based Learning Curriculum Proceedings of the conference on International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College Cork, Ireland, [Details]
(2005)Proceedings of the International Conference of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education
O'Toole, C. (2005) The Relationship between Preverbal Behaviours and Language Development Proceedings of the International Conference of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education Dublin, Ireland, , pp.241-253 [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2009)Sealbhú na Gaeilge ag Naíonáin: Early Language Acquisition of Irish.
O'Toole, C. (2009) Sealbhú na Gaeilge ag Naíonáin: Early Language Acquisition of Irish. Thesis/Dissertation [CORA Link] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

YearPublication
(2011)Turn on the chat by knocking off the TV.
Sheila Wyman (2011) Turn on the chat by knocking off the TV. Newspaper Articles Globe icon [Details]
(2010)Talk to the hand.
Sheila Wyman (2010) Talk to the hand. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)Your passport to a bright future.
Rita de Brun (2010) Your passport to a bright future. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Cochrane Fellowship Health Research Board
2011Funding from Foras na Gaeilge for Project: Luath shealbhú na Gaeilge ag naíonáin: Early language acquisition of Irish Foras Na Gaeilge
2010College of Medicine and Health Gold Medal for Research Innovation Michael C Berndt
2010HRB Award for Cochrane Training on Conducting Systematic Reviews Health Research Board
2009ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice Visiting Researcher Award ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor University, Wales
2008President's Award for Excellence in Teaching University College, Cork
2006HSE Funding for Research in Early Language Acquisition of Irish Health Service Executive
1999The Quatercentenary Prize in Clinical Speech and Language Therapy TCD

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Member03-NOV-95 /
COST Action IS0804: Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment Management Committee08-JUN-09 / 30-MAY-13
ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster Member01-JAN-09 /
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Member01-SEP-99 / 01-SEP-10

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2016)Celebrating Multilingualism in Ireland 2016,
O'Toole, C (2016) Developing Speech and Language Assessment for Bilingual Irish-English Speakers. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Celebrating Multilingualism in Ireland 2016, NUIG , 23-APR-16. [Details]
(2015)Irish Assoication of Speech and Language Therapists,
Ciara O’Toole, Daniela Gatt, Tina Hickey, Aneta Miekisz, Ewa Haman Christophe dos Santos, Sophie Kern,, Tanja Rinker Odelya Ohana, Sharon Armon-Lotem, (2015) Biennial Conference. [Oral Presentation], Irish Assoication of Speech and Language Therapists, Dublin , 23-APR-15 - 24-APR-15. [Details]
(2014)IASCL 2014,
O'Toole, C & Hickey, T (2014) Bilingual language acquisition in a minority context: Using the Irish-English Communicative Development Inventory to track acquisition of an endangered language. [Oral Presentation], IASCL 2014, Amsterdam , 19-JUL-14 - 24-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014)IASCL 2014,
Łuniewska Magdalena, et al. (2014) Age of Acquisition Norms for Nouns and Verbs in 22 Languages. [Poster Presentation], IASCL 2014, Amsterdam , 19-JUL-14 - 24-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014)IASCL 2014,
O'Toole, C. Gatt, D (2014) Symposium on Risk and Protective Environmental Factors for Early Bilingual Language Acquisition. [Oral Presentation], IASCL 2014, Amsterdam , 19-JUL-14 - 24-JUL-14. [Details]
(2013)Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts,
O'Toole, C., & Hickey, T. (2013) The Irish-English Communicative Development Inventory: A longitudinal study of bilingual language acquisition in a minority language context. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts, Krakow, Poland , 27-MAY-13 - 29-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts,
O'Toole, C., Gatt, D (2013) Parent report of early lexical production in bilingual children across varied contexts. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts, Krakow, Poland , 27-MAY-13 - 29-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
Rooke, Z., O'Toole, C., Gibbon, F (2013) The Prevalence of Speech and Language Impairment among a Nationally Representative Sample of Irish Nine-Year-Olds. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 18-APR-13 - 19-APR-13. [Details]
(2013)Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts,
Joanna Sienkiewicz, Aneta Miękisz, Katarzyna Kuś, Napoleon Katsos,Ciara O’Toole, Ewa Haman (2013) Assessment of grammatical and lexical skills of Polish monolinguals and bilinguals by Communicative Development Inventory. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Impairment in Multilingual Contexts, Krakow, Poland , 27-MAY-13 - 29-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012)Growing Up in Ireland Annual Conference 2012,
Rooke, Z., O'Toole, C. & Gibbon, F. (2012) The prevalence of speech and language impairment among a nationally representative sample of Irish 9-year-olds. [Oral Presentation], Growing Up in Ireland Annual Conference 2012, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 , 29-NOV-12 - 29-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Sixth MC and WGs Meeting Cost Action IS0804,
O'Toole, C., Gatt, D., Miekisz, A., Haman, E., Dos Santos, C & Hickey, T. (2012) Early Vocabulary Development in Bilingual Children: A CDI Study. [Oral Presentation], Sixth MC and WGs Meeting Cost Action IS0804, Berlin, Germany , 14-MAY-12 - 16-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)TEANGEOLAÍOCHT NA GAEILGE XIV / LINGUISTICS OF THE GAELIC LANGUAGES XIV,
O'Toole, C & Ní Shithigh, S (2012) Receptive vocabulary in bilingual Irish speakers’. [Oral Presentation], TEANGEOLAÍOCHT NA GAEILGE XIV / LINGUISTICS OF THE GAELIC LANGUAGES XIV, Cork , 20-APR-12 - 21-APR-12. [Details]
(2012)Comhdháil Forbairt Litríocht & Chultúr na nÓg,
Hickey, T & O'Toole, C (2012) Sealbhú na Gaeilge ag Naíonáin. [Oral Presentation], Comhdháil Forbairt Litríocht & Chultúr na nÓg, Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach, BAC , 23-MAR-12 - 24-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O’Leary, C. and O’Toole, C. (2011) Parents’ experiences of implementing Lámh: A phenomenological investigation. [Poster Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
Hannigan, E. and O’Toole, C. (2011) Do phonological skills influence lexical development in Irish?. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O’Toole, C. and Bohane, N. (2011) Language development in twins and multiples. [Poster Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O’Toole, C. and Hickey, T. (2011) Exploring specific language impairment in Irish- English bilinguals. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O’Toole, C. and Dowling, S. (2011) Telling their stories: An investigation into narrative in children from lower socioeconomic groups. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Child Language Seminar,
O' Toole, C. and Dowling, S.; (2011) Telling their stories: An investigation into narratives in children from lower socioeconomic groups. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Newcastle, UK , 13-JUN-11 - 14-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Child Language Seminar,
O' Toole, C. and Hickey, T.; (2011) Assessing and diagnosing language impairment in bilingual children: A minority language study. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Newcastle, UK , 13-JUN-11 - 14-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Child Language Seminar,
O'Toole, C. and Ní Shithigh, D.; (2011) Designing a receptive vocabulary test for bilingual Irish speakers. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Newcastle, UK , 13-JUN-11 - 14-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Fifth MC and WG Meeting of COST Action IS0804,
Gatt, D & O'Toole C (2011) Crosslinguistic CDI study. [Oral Presentation], Fifth MC and WG Meeting of COST Action IS0804, Malta , 28-NOV-11 - 30-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP),
O'Toole, C; (2010) Moving from traditional teaching to Problem Based Learning: Effects on the Learning Styles of Speech and Language Therapy Students. [Oral Presentation], 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), Athens, Greece , 23-AUG-10 - 26-AUG-10. [Details]
(2010)International Conference on Meeting Youth Needs in the 21st Century,
O'Toole, C., O'Leary, N. and Gibbon, F.; (2010) Uncovering the hidden communication needs of youth offenders. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Meeting Youth Needs in the 21st Century, Cork, IRELAND , 01-MAY-10 - 01-MAY-10. [Details]
(2010)28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP,
O'Toole, C., McGuire, A ; (2010) The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. [Poster Presentation], 28th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP, Greece, Athens , 23-AUG-10 - 26-AUG-10. [Details]
(2010)Workshop on the Assessment of Bilinguals,
O'Toole, C; (2010) Parent report and bilingual language acquisition. [Oral Presentation], Workshop on the Assessment of Bilinguals, Gregynog, Wales, UK , 27-JUL-10 - 30-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)Workshop on Assessing and Profiling Irish Language Acquisition,
O'Toole, C; (2010) Language background and early language acquisition in Irish-English bilingual children. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Workshop on Assessing and Profiling Irish Language Acquisition, Galway, Ireland , 13-JUL-10 - 13-JUL-10. [Details]
(2010)Child Language Seminar,
O'Toole, C., Fletcher, P; (2010) Profiling Vocabulary Acquisition in Irish. [Poster Presentation], Child Language Seminar, London, UK , 24-JUN-10 - 25-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)COST Action IS0804: Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment,
O'Toole, C; (2010) Assessing bilingual children using parent report. [Oral Presentation], COST Action IS0804: Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment, Newcastle, UK , 26-MAY-10 - 28-MAY-10. [Details]
(2010)College of Medicine and Health Research Day,
O'Toole, C; Fletcher, P (2010) Measuring Bilingual Language Acquisition. [Oral Presentation], College of Medicine and Health Research Day, UCC, Cork, Ireland , 16-JUN-10 - 16-JUN-10. [Details]
(2009)NAIRTL's 4th Bologna Symposium,
O'Toole, C. & Pettigrew, C; (2009) Using Problem Based Learning to Develop Generic Competencies. [Poster Presentation], NAIRTL's 4th Bologna Symposium, UCC, Cork, IRELAND, , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C; (2009) Learning Styles and Clinical Practice. [Poster Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Galway, IRELAND , 01-OCT-09 - 01-OCT-09. [Details]
(2009)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2009) How do children learn words? Using crosslinguistic evidence to explore early vocabulary. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Galway, IRELAND , 01-OCT-09 - 01-OCT-09. [Details]
(2009)Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference,
O'Toole, C.; (2009) The impact of Problem Based Learning on the Learning Styles of Speech and Language Therapy Students. [Poster Presentation], Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, London, UK , 01-MAR-09 - 01-MAR-09. [Details]
(2009)Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2009) Developing an Assessment tool for Minority Language Acquisition. [Poster Presentation], Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, London, UK , 01-MAR-09 - 01-MAR-09. [Details]
(2009)2nd International Clinical Linguistics Conference,
Fletcher, P. & O'Toole, C. (2009) The shape of language impairment: evidence from Irish. [Plenary Lecture], 2nd International Clinical Linguistics Conference, Madrid . [Details]
(2008)Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education International Conference 'Enabling Communication',
O'Toole, C ; (2008) Improving Communication Through Interdisciplinary Training. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education International Conference 'Enabling Communication', Dublin, IRELAND , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)International Conference on Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P (2008) Using parent report measures to profile the growth of vocabulary in Irish speaking children. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Istanbul, TURKEY , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Models of Interaction in Bilingualism, ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P (2008) Language acquisition in Irish speaking toddlers. [Oral Presentation], Models of Interaction in Bilingualism, ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor, Wales, UK , 01-OCT-08 - 01-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) Validity of Parent Report Measures of Vocabulary and Grammar for 2-year old Irish-speaking children. [Oral Presentation], XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, UK , 28-JUL-08 - 01-AUG-08. [Details]
(2008)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Conference 12,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2008) Using parent report measures to profile the growth of vocabulary and grammar in Irish speaking children. [Oral Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Conference 12, Istanbul, TURKEY , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Kirkpatrick, V (2007) Yes, but does it work? Measuring the outcomes of interdisciplinary training. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Kilkenny, IRELAND , 01-MAR-07 - 01-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)Child Language Seminar,
O'Toole, C. & Fletcher, P. (2007) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Reading, UK , 01-JUL-07 - 01-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)European Child Language Disorders,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2007) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], European Child Language Disorders, Cork, IRELAND , 13-JUL-07 - 14-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference,
O'Toole, C. Fletcher, P. (2007) Developing assessment tools for bilingual and minority language acquisition. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists National Conference, Kilkenny, IRELAND , 01-MAR-07 - 01-MAR-07. [Details]
(2007)International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University College, Cork, Ireland,
O’Toole, C.; (2007) The use of concept maps and products to aid learning in Problem-Based Learning. [Poster Presentation], International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University College, Cork, Ireland, UCC , 09-NOV-07 - 10-DEC-07. [Details]
(2006)Interdisciplinary Conference, College of Medicine and Health, UCC,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P (2006) Early language acquisition of Irish. [Oral Presentation], Interdisciplinary Conference, College of Medicine and Health, UCC, Cork, IRELAND , 01-NOV-06 - 01-NOV-06. [Details]
(2006)Problem Based Learning in Speech Language Pathology Programmes,
O'Toole, C.; (2006) Using concept maps and products in Problem Based Learning. [Oral Presentation], Problem Based Learning in Speech Language Pathology Programmes, Linkoping, SWEDEN , 01-MAY-06 - 01-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference,
O'Toole, C.; Kirkpatrick, V. (2006) Learning language and loving it: An approach to collaboration between speech and language therapists and educator. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, Belfast, UK , 01-MAY-06 - 01-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)UCC Research forum on Primary Care, Health Service Research and Population Health Research,
O'Toole, C.; Fletcher, P. (2006) Speech & Language Therapy service provision for the Irish-speaking population. [Oral Presentation], UCC Research forum on Primary Care, Health Service Research and Population Health Research, Cork, IRELAND , 01-APR-06 - 01-APR-06. [Details]
(2005)4th International Conference on Developmental Issues in Down syndrome,
O'Toole, C.; (2005) Symbolic functioning in children with Down syndrome. [Invited Oral Presentation], 4th International Conference on Developmental Issues in Down syndrome, Portsmouth, UK , 01-SEP-05 - 01-SEP-05. [Details]
(2004)Proceedings of the International Conference of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education,
O'Toole, C.; (2004) The Relationship between Preverbal Behaviours and Language Development. [Oral Presentation], Proceedings of the International Conference of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education, Dublin Castle, Ireland , 23-SEP-04 - 25-SEP-04. [Details]
(2004)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists,
O'Toole, C.; (2004) Symbolic play and language development in children with Down syndrome. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists, Mullingar, IRELAND , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
School of Clinical Therapies Student Affairs Committee Member2004 /
IALP 2016 Conference Committee Chair2012 / 2016
College of Medicine and Health Teaching and Learning Committee Deparemental Representative2013 /
College of Medicine and Health Public Relations Committee Member2011 /
Special Interest Group in Multilingualism and Multiculturalism Committee Member2010 /
Bord Na Gaeilge Member2007 / 2012
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Council member2007 / 2011

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy23-AUG-04 /
University College, Cork Director of Practice Education01-AUG-04 / 01-JUL-05
COPE Foundation, Cork Senior Speech and Language Therapist01-SEP-03 / 01-AUG-04
Department of Language & Communication Science, City University, London Research Assistant08-JUN-03 / 01-SEP-03
Southern Health Board & COPE Foundation, Cork Joint Speech and Language Therapist01-SEP-99 / 01-SEP-02
Southern Health Board, Tralee Speech and Language Therapist01-JUN-99 / 01-SEP-99

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2009University College, Cork PhDSpeech and Hearing Sciences
2008University College, Cork HDipApplied Irish
2004University College, London MScHuman Communication Science
1999Trinity College, Dublin BSc HonsClinical Speech and Language Studies

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-08
Child Language Teaching And Therapy Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07
Journal Of Child Language Referee01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08
Journal Of Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies Referee01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07
Journal Of Speech Language And Hearing Research Referee01-JAN-11 - 28-NOV-14
International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders Referee01-JAN-13 -
First Language Referee01-JAN-10 -

Outreach Activities

 Description

Coordinated a series of videos on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Clinical Therapies in August 2011. This project involved creating story boards, writing scripts and developing scenes to film to illustrate student activities on the programmes. In addition a number of short films were created in Hindi and Arabic for international students and in Irish and English to illustrate research activities in the school. These videos can be seen at:

General Introduction:

Short Version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJnclt_JKeg

Long Version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5fTmSd6tJw 

International MSc Students:

Mukesh - English:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zka-YOgFxos

Mukesh - Hindi:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmQXPh_fjBg 

Said - English:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVK5LzQCyIU

Said - Arabic:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzqX3hNNbO4



Interview published in the Irish Times Health Supplement on language development in children, 21st June 2011
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0621/1224299297950.html

Interview on the Tom Dunne show, Newstalk 20th June 2011 on the role of TV watching in children's language development

Interview published in the Irish Independent on the benefits of bilingualism, Monday 21st June 2010

Interview published in the Health Supplement of the Irish Times on the use of sign language with children. Published 9th February 2010

Other Activities

 Description

PhD Examiner for Dr. Pauline Frizelle, August 2011

External Examiner for the BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme in Manchester University (2012-2015)

Conference Organising Committees: 2007: Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference 2009: Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference 2012: International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association 2016- International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Irish FluentFunctionalFluent

Teaching Interests

Dr. O’Toole is currently responsible for coordinating the 2nd year of the BSc in Speech and Language Therapy, and coordinates the 1st year module on language sciences. Dr O’Toole also supervises 4th year dissertations.


The modules that Dr. O’Toole is involved in are as follows:

 

Year 1

SL1001: Language Sciences 1:

Explores the application of modern linguistics to the analysis of language and examines the course of language development in the first two years.

Year 2

SL2004 & SL2005: Communication Disorders in Children I & II:

Addresses medical, linguistic and psychological aspects of communication disorders in children. Students are taught this module through a Problem Based Learning framework.

SL2008: Practice Education II

Introduces students to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of communication and eating/drinking/swallowing disorders in children. This module enables students to identify clinical theories of intervention pertinent to communication disorders in children; to generate hypotheses in relation to specific clients and to test these hypotheses using standardised and non-standardised tests. During their practice experience, students operationalise and carry out an intervention plan and measure outcome with reference to their clinical hypotheses. This module involves weekly workshops as well as practice experience.

SL4004: Practice Education III:

Enables students to achieve professional competency via the provision of further supervised practice assessing, diagnosing and treating a range of childhood and adult communication and swallowing disorders in selected clinical settings, under supervision.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Practice Education I SL2008Practice Education I

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr. Tina Hickey University College DublinIRELAND
Dr Daniela Gatt University of MaltaMALTA
Dr Ewa Haman University of WarsawPOLAND