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Isuru Dharmarathna

Lecturer
Department of Disability Studies
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka

Biography

Isuru Dharmarathna is currently working as an Lecturer in the Department of Disability Studies, Department of Disability Studies. Research Interests: Acquired Communication Disorders in Adults Secondary to Neurological Disorders Dysphagia Disability Studies Awards and fellowships: 2016 Was awarded with a travel grant from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya to attend a training programme on ‘Supported Employment’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland Was fully funded by University of Kelaniya to visit and represent the university at the Chongqing Normal University, China 2015 Won the award for the ‘Best Portfolio’ of the Staff Development Course for University Teachers (Cycle 15) conducted by the Staff Development Centre, University of Kelaniya Was awarded a research grant to present research papers at the Annual Convention of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association in Denver, USA by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya 2014 Was awarded with the Prof. Sheila Wirz Gold Medal for the best student in Speech and Language Therapy 2008-2009 Positions held and holding in academic and scientific bodies : Committee memberof Sri Lanka Association of Speech and Language Therapists/ Pathologists since 2016 Memberof Sri Lanka Association for Child Development since 2015 Positions held & holding in committees in the Faculty of Medicine & University of Kelaniya : Departmental Web Master since 2016 Invited speech: 2016 Was invited by the Sri Lanka Stroke Association to conduct a training programme for health care professionals on ‘The Management of the Stroke Patients in Stroke Units” in the Monaragala and Badulla districts of Sri Lanka Was invited by the Sri Lanka Stroke Association for a 1 day workshop on “ Role of Speech and Language Therapist in Stroke Management” for health care professionals in Government-based hospitals in Western Province, Sri Lanka 2015 Presented on “Intervention of Speech and Language Therapy for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Evidence from a University-based Clinic” at a Forum organized by Sri Lanka Association for Child Development 2014 Was invited to conduct a workshop for parents on “Typical Communication Development in Children of 0-5 years and Stimulating Communication Skills in Children” at the ‘Sinha’ Regiment Military Camp, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka Research: Supervision of undergraduate research projects Awareness and Attitudes towards Inclusive Education (IE) among Government School Teachers’ in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka Parental attitudes towards participation in Speech and Language Therapy intervention: Evidence from University Clinic in Western Province, Sri Lanka Lexical- semantic deficits in Sinhala speaking persons with post stroke aphasia: evidence from single word auditory comprehension 2015-2016 Undergraduate research co-supervision Perspectives towards the use and types of Non-speech Oral Motor Exercises (NSOMEs) among Sri Lankan Speech and Language Therapists Social participation of school aged children with disabilities in the Kurunegala district, Sri Lanka: Caregivers’ perspectives Main stream education teachers’ perspectives towards the implementation of ‘Inclusive Education’ in the Kurunegala district, Sri Lanka Since 2015 Co-investigation in research Validating the Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life for Children (CPQOL-Child) Questionnaire for use in Sri Lanka Developing and Validating a Multisensory Narrative Assessment for Children aged between 3 to 5 years Developing and Validating the Sinhala Syntax Screening Test for Children aged between 3 to 5 years Developing & Validating a Speech & Phonology Assessment in Sri Lankan Tamil for Young Children 2013-2014 Undergraduate research project A comparison of errors in languages spoken by Sinhala- English bilingual persons with post-stroke aphasia.

Research Interest

Acquired Communication Disorders in Adults Secondary to Neurological Disorders, Dysphagia and Disability Studies.

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