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I study language use in adults and children from a psycholinguistic perspective. My interests include skilled reading and reading development. One goal is to understand why some children are better readers than others, and how targeted instruction might assist children to overcome reading difficulties. Another is to examine the development and teaching of reading skills in special populations, including children with Down syndrome. Recently, my research has also investigated the language, speech, reading and psycho-social outcomes of children with hearing loss, and the extent to which the presence of an additional disability (e.g., cerebral palsy, visual impairment, intellectual delay, or autism) can affect outcomes in this population.

I am an Associate Investigator in the Language Program of the ARC Centre of Cognition and its Disorders and a member of the Centre for Language Sciences and the Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment.  

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Projects 2007 2017

Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)

Thornton, R., Crain, S., Peters, P., Cupples, L., Johnston, T., Nickels, L., McMahon, C., Johnson, M., Armstrong, B., Cox, F., Harrison, R., Mannell, R., Napier, J., Newall, P., Rieschild, V., Slatyer, H., Tent, J., Lising, J., Mollering, M., Winchester-Seeto, T., Jensen, B., Palethorpe, S. & Tesan, G.

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Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Phonetics Laboratory Research Facilities

Halbert, C., Proctor, M., Cox, F., Demuth, K., Cupples, L., Harrison, R., Sharma, M., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Kung, C., Nickels, L., Johnson, B., Palethorpe, S., Sowman, P., Kinoshita, S., Tsukada, K. & Biedermann, B.


Project: Research

Electromagnetic Articulograph System

Halbert, C., Proctor, M., Cox, F., Demuth, K., Cupples, L., Harrison, R., Sharma, M., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Nickels, L., Johnson, B., Palethorpe, S., Biedermann, B., Lin, S., Sowman, P., Thompson, W., Kinoshita, S. & Tsukada, K.


Project: Research

Research Output 1987 2018

Comparing parent and teacher ratings of emotional and behavioural difficulties in 5-year old children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

Wong, C. L., Ching, T. Y. C., Cupples, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Button, L., Martin, L., Whitfield, J. & Gunnourie, M. 25 May 2018 In : Deafness and Education International. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

teacher rating

Language development in deaf or hard-of-hearing children with additional disabilities: type matters!

Cupples, L., Ching, T. Y. C., Leigh, G., Martin, L., Gunnourie, M., Button, L., Marnane, V., Hou, S., Zhang, V., Flynn, C. & Van Buynder, P. Jun 2018 In : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 62, 6, p. 532-543 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Language Development
Disabled Children
Hearing Loss

Age at intervention for permanent hearing loss and 5-year language outcomes

Ching, T. Y. C., Dillon, H., Button, L., Seeto, M., Buynder, P. V., Marnane, V., Cupples, L. & Leigh, G. Sep 2017 In : Pediatrics. 140, 3, p. 1-11 11 p., e20164274

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hearing Loss
Confidence Intervals
Communication Disorders
hearing impairment
Hearing Loss

Psychosocial development in 5-year-old children with hearing loss using hearing aids or cochlear implants

Wong, C., Ching, T., Cupples, L., Button, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Whitfield, J., Gunnourie, M. & Martin, L. 2017 In : Trends in Hearing. 21, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hearing Aids
Cochlear Implants
Hearing Loss