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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 2021

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

Research Output 1987 2019

Orthographic learning in children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Wass, M., Ching, T. Y. C., Cupples, L., Wang, H. C., Lyxell, B., Martin, L., Button, L., Gunnourie, M., Boisvert, I., McMahon, C. & Castles, A., 28 Jan 2019, In : Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. 50, 1, p. 99-112 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Paired-Associate Learning

Predictors of reading skills in children with listening concerns

Sharma, M., Cupples, L. & Purdy, S. C., Mar 2019, In : Ear and Hearing. 40, 2, p. 243–252 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Word Processing

Using the MULTILIT literacy instruction program with children who have Down syndrome

Lim, L., Arciuli, J., Munro, N. & Cupples, L., 21 Mar 2019, In : Reading and Writing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Down Syndrome

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

teacher rating

Language and speech outcomes of children with hearing loss and additional disabilities: identifying the variables that influence performance at five years of age

Cupples, L., Ching, T. Y. C., Button, L., Leigh, G., Marnane, V., Whitfield, J., Gunnourie, M. & Martin, L., 23 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Audiology. 57, sup2, p. S93-S104 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cochlear Implants
Hearing Loss
Hearing Aids