Caroline Bowen PhD Speech-Language Pathologist
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Dr Caroline Bowen is an Australian Speech-Language Pathologist. She is an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa, a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia, a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
She has qualifications and over forty years of clinical experience in speech pathology. She has also undertaken studies in speech and drama, and family therapy, and has a doctorate in clinical linguistics.
She retired from clinical practice in September 2011, but the work continues as a happy mix of research, writing, teaching and presenting Continuing Professional Development events nationally and internationally.
1996 PhD: Clinical Linguistics,
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW
1989 Dip FTIA: Family Therapy,
Family Therapy Institute of Australia, Sydney, NSW
Victorian School of Speech and Hearing Science, Melbourne, Victoria
1966 LTCL: Speech and Drama (Teaching)
Trinity College London
Consultancy, collaboration, expertise requests
Caroline Bowen is enthusiastically engaged in consultancy for international projects that range from professional publication, to web site content development, to Apps, to children's TV. She will consider new ventures such as academic and clinical teaching, research collaboration and expertise requests.
Gordon NSW Australia
Clinical Practice in Gordon NSW March 1976 - May 2004
After five years in the public sector in general hospital and school settings, Caroline was a joint founder in 1976 of an independent Speech Pathology Group Practice in Gordon (Sydney, Australia) which she administered for 28 professionally and personally satisfying years.
In that time she assessed and treated thousands of children and adolescents with a range of voice, speech, language, fluency, hearing and social communication challenges, and adults with voice disorders, gaining wide experience. This brought with it an appreciation of the role of families in assessment and therapy and prompted Caroline to undertake Family Therapy studies, at the Family Therapy Institute of Australia, in 1988-1989.
Working with children with speech sound disorders
As her interest and expertise in the clinical management of children’s speech sound disorders grew her work became more specialised. By 1994 her caseload consisted primarily of children with phonological and articulation disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. At least half of these children with speech sound disorders had 'other' communication and developmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorders, craniofacial differences, Down syndrome, fluency disorders, hearing impairment, 'late talking', specific language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment and Williams syndrome.
Doctoral studies 1990-1996 and a book in 1998
In 1996 Caroline completed doctoral studies in the area of intervention for children with phonological disorders and two years later her first book, Developmental Phonological Disorders: A Practical Guide for Families and Teachers (Bowen, 1998) was published.
The intervention approach that she developed and evaluated for her PhD, and describes in the 1998 book, is called Parents and Children Together, or PACT. PACT is a broad-based approach to phonological therapy in which parents, child and clinician are actively involved.
The book was proudly dedicated to her parents, Frederick Hart (b.28-07-11 d.25-10-99) and Isobel Margaret Hart née Wallace (b.28-07-13 d.22-09-12).
Wentworth Falls NSW Australia
Clinical Practice in Wentworth Falls NSW June 2004 - August 2011
The scene changed in June 2004 when she and her husband, Don Bowen, relocated and Caroline commenced her solo speech pathology practice in the Blue Mountains village of Wentworth Falls. This allowed more time for Caroline to pursue her interest in writing and to present Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Events, while continuing to treat children with a range of communication issues.
Continuing Professional Development
Forty years is probably long enough, and as of September 1, 2011 Dr Bowen no longer sees children for assessment or ongoing intervention. Neither does she perform second opinions. She continues to read, write, think and present Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events, and guest lectures.
Since 2005 Caroline has had the pleasure and challenge of presenting invited CPD events to SLPs/SLTs and students in cities and towns in all states and territories of Australia and in many other countries including Canada, England, Hong Kong, Ireland (Éire), Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States.
Webwords Internet Column in JCPSLP
Caroline writes Webwords, the Internet column in the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (formerly ACQ). IJSLP is Speech Pathology Australia's clinical and professional journal, published three times a year.
Webwords addresses a gamut of SLP/SLT topics and appeared in every issue of ACQ from 1999 to 2011, and each issue of JCPSLP since March 2012.
Her role as the list owner of the phonologicaltherapy discussion group helps fulfil her interest in hearing a range of ideas, opinions and evidence in the areas of children's speech development and disorders.
2007 French translation of Bowen, 1998
After years of collaboration with, and hard work by Rachel Fortin, a French translation of Bowen, 1998 was published in Montreal, Canada as Bowen, 2007.
Curiously, sales of the popular French translation, Les difficultés phonologiques chez l'enfant: Guide à l’intention des familles, des enseignantes et des intervenantes en petite enfance, far exceed those of the original English version.
2009 book 'for clinicians by a clinician'
While Caroline's first two books are addressed to the families and teachers of children with phonological disorder in particular, the primary target readership for Bowen, 2009 is clinicians and clinical educators, and it covers the full range of speech sound disorders in children.
Described by several readers and reviewers as being 'for clinicians by a clinician', Children's Speech Sound Disorders addresses the assessment and intervention issues that arise in the day-to-day clinical practice of SLP/SLT colleagues wherever they are. Half of this 430 page book is authored by Dr Bowen herself and half by 51 expert contributors. A second edition of the book is currently in preparation for 2014.
Professional activities and honours
A strong advocate for her profession, Caroline is active in several capacities as a Speech Pathology Australia member. In 1986 she was delighted to be made a Life Member of the Private Speech Pathologists’ Association of New South Wales (later to become the NSW Private Practitioners' Network of Speech Pathology Australia) for services to professional practice.
She was honoured to receive Speech Pathology Australia's Elinor Wray Award for 2000 for services to the profession, and in the same year she was appointed as an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at Macquarie University, in Sydney, NSW. In 2003 she had the privilege of presenting the annual Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture at the Speech Pathology Australia convention in Hobart, Tasmania. The paper was entitled, Harnessing the Net: A Challenge for Speech-Language Pathologists.
In 2005 she was the Speech Pathology Australia National Tour speaker, in 2008 she was elected as an ASHA Fellow, and in 2011 she was proud, overwhelmed and rendered almost speechless with emotion during the award ceremony in which her Life Membership of Speech Pathology Australia was conferred.
PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
Bowen, C. (2000). PACT: Collaboration avec les familles et les enseignants rééducation phonologique. Rééducation Orthophonique, 203, Septembre, 11-17.
Bowen, C., & Cupples, L. (1998). A tested phonological therapy in practice. Child Language Teaching and Therapy.14(1), 29-50.
Bowen, C., & Cupples, L. (1999a). Parents and children together (PACT): a collaborative approach to phonological therapy. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 34(1), 35-55.
Bowen, C., & Cupples, L. (1999b). A phonological therapy in depth: a reply to commentaries. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.34(1), 65-83.
Bowen, C., & Cupples, L. (2004). The role of families in optimising phonological therapy outcomes. Child language Teaching and Therapy, 20(3), 245-260.
Bowen, C. & Cupples, L. (2006). PACT: Parents and children together in phonological therapy. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 8(3), 282-292.
McLeod, S., Verdon, S., & Bowen, C. (in press, expected 2013). International aspirations for speech-language pathologists' practice with multilingual children with speech sound disorders: Development of a position paper. Journal of Communication Disorders.
Bowen, C. (1998). Give me five: A broad-based approach to phonological therapy. Communications Ahead. Dunedin: New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association Biennial Conference Proceedings.
Bowen, C. (2003b). Harnessing the Net: A challenge for Speech Language Pathologists. The 2003 Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture. In C. Williams & S. Leitao (Eds), Nature, Nurture, Knowledge, Proceedings of the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Hobart. pp. 9-20.
Bowen, C. (2003). Phonological Disorders. Learning Disabilities Sourcebook, 2nd edn. Health Reference Series Detroit: Omnigraphics.
Bowen, C. (2010). Parents and Children Together (PACT). In Williams, A. L., McCauley, R. E. & McLeod, S. (Eds.). Interventions for Speech Sound Disordersin Children. Baltimore: Paul Brookes.
Watts Pappas, N., & Bowen, C. (2007). Speech Acquisition and the Family. In McLeod, S. (Editor). The International Guide to Speech Acquisition. Clifton Park, N.Y.: Thomson Delmar Learning, 86-90.
Bowen, C. (1998). Developmental phonological disorders: A practical guide for families and teachers. Melbourne: The Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd.
Bowen, C. (2007). Les difficultés phonologiques chez l'enfant : guide à l'intention des familles, des enseignants et des intervenants en petite enfance Caroline Bowen; Rachel Fortin, traductrice et adaptatrice. Montréal: Chenelière-éducation.
Bowen, C. (2009). Children's speech sound disorders. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bowen, C., & Rippon, H. (2013). Consonant Clusters: Alliterative Stories and Activities. Cowling, Keighley: Black Sheep Press.
Caroline's top leisure pursuits are international travel, reading, writing, bushwalking (but not often enough) gardening and dining out. She is passionate about social justice, Aboriginal reconciliation, native title, conservation, Film Sound Australia, the ABC, Speech Pathology Australia and her profession. Her favourite places in the world are Sydney and London; the villages of St Fillans in Scotland, and Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, NSW; and New Zealand - all of it!
She is proud of her three grown up children, Philippa (Pip), Barnaby (Ba), and Luke, and her lovely grandchildren Jonathan, (b. August 29, 2007) and Arabella (b. December 30, 2009). She enjoys their company, and the company of David (Pip's husband), and Rachael (Luke's wife) as well as good coffee, classical music, the visual arts and her garden.
And the icing on the cake is being married to Don Bowen PhD.