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The overarching goal of my research is to inform the development of high quality, equitable, culturally appropriate health and education services to facilitate positive engagement in society and equity of opportunity for all.
My program of research has two main foci:
(1) To investigate and support the speech, language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse children. I am specifically engaged in research involving families from migrant, refugee and Indigenous backgrounds.
(2) To facilitate the development of culturally competent professionals and workplaces that support people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in safe and respectful spaces that positive lifelong outcomes.



Cultural competence

Multilingual and multicultural practice

Children with speech, language, and communication needs

Autism in young children

Early years education

Speech-language pathology 

Education/Academic qualification

Speech-language pathology/early childhood education, Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

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Research Output 2011 2018

5 Citations

Tutorial: Speech assessment for multilingual children who do not speak the same language(s) as the speech-language pathologist

McLeod, S., Verdon, S., International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech, Crowe, K., Hopf, S., McCormack, J. & Masso, S., 2017, In : American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 26, 3, p. 691-708 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Speech Sound Disorder

Why support diversity in early childhood?

Verdon, S., 2017, Early Learning Review

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access

Clinical guideline: Working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society

Verdon, S., Armstrong, H., Basso, R., Blake, H., Crowe, K., Heine, C., Hopf, S., Huang, A., McLeod, S., Pham, B., Walker-Smith, K. & Webster, K., 2016, Speech Pathology Australia.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Bloorview Pursuit Award

Sarah Verdon (Recipient), 05 May 2015

Prize/Award: Prize


Most Outstanding Thesis

Sarah Verdon (Recipient), 16 Dec 2015

Prize/Award: Award


NSW/ACT Young Achiever of The Year

Sarah Verdon (Recipient), 23 Mar 2015

Prize/Award: Award


Activities 2013 2017

  • 7 Invited talk

Press / Media

'VietSpeech' project to deliver for Australia

Sharynne McLeod, Sarah Verdon & Cen Wang


2 items of media coverage

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Honeymoon surprise for Sarah

Sarah Verdon


1 item of media coverage

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Children's learning is Sarah's passion

Sarah Verdon


1 item of media coverage

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Language research

Sarah Verdon


1 item of media coverage

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