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Danielle

Danielle LE ROSSIGNOL

Year of Award: 2011 Award State: Tasmania Education > Specialised Education
Health And Medicine > Disabilities, Impairments And Injuries
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to study programs that will benefit children and adolescents with specific language impairment and dyslexia - UK, USA
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Danielle is a senior speech and language pathologist with the Department of Education, Tasmania. She is passionate about supporting children and adolescents with communication and learning disabilities. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys art house films, travel and watching her beloved Hawthorn football team! She is a governance committee member of the Northern Children’s Network, a statewide provider of child care and family day care. In 2015, Danielle completed a Master of Clinical Education degree which culminated in a minor thesis exploring how professionals from different disciplines work collaboratively to support children with learning needs.

Danielle’s Fellowship included visits to The Communication Trust (London), the Language Development and Disorders Research Group (University of Manchester), the Word Learning Lab and Children’s Language Research Center (University of Iowa) and the Children’s Learning Research Collaborative (Ohio State University). She also attended the International Dyslexia Association Conference in Chicago and was trained in an intervention program for children with dyslexia at The Centre for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, Boston.

Danielle’s commitment to social justice underpinned her determination to use her Fellowship to investigate intervention programs for juvenile offenders with communication and literacy difficulties. Danielle has subsequently raised awareness of these programs by providing training to a range of professionals. These include magistrates, community youth justice workers, victims of crime, counsellors and witness assistance staff. In 2015, via the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, she also had the opportunity to participate in a Ministerial Roundtable aimed at improving access to justice for people with complex communication needs.

Since undertaking her Fellowship, Danielle has introduced initiatives to promote communication and literacy development for children. This includes organising Australia’s inaugural ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ at Riverside Primary School, and leading action research on ways to support children with dyslexia in classrooms.

‘No Pens Day Wednesday’ originated from The Communication Trust in the United Kingdom and involves children and teachers putting their pens and pencils away for a day so that they can focus on speaking and listening skills that are vital precursors for literacy development.

A further Fellowship highlight involved bringing two international researchers to Tasmania in 2012 to work with school psychologists and speech and language pathologists. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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