Queen Margaret University

Pioneering speech therapy

Dr Sara Wood, a clinical phonetics researcher and speech and language therapist at QMU, transforms the lives of children suffering with long-term speech communication problems.

Using pioneering visual feedback technology, Sara shows children the shape of the tongue inside their mouth during speech. Using Electropalatography (EPG) Sara demonstrates where the child has been going wrong, and how to change their tongue position to create correct speech sounds.

Her intervention has had a profound impact on many children’s lives – with improved speech boosting their confidence, educational attainment, social interactions and ultimately life’s chances.