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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Prof Alta Kritzinger


POSITION: Associate Professor


ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
DPhil


CURRENT SUBJECTS:

Early Intervention, Cleft Lip and Palate, Academic Service-learning


RESEARCH OUTPUT / PUBLICATIONS (all research outputs from 2000):

Kritzinger A, Louw B. A comprehensive assessment protocol for infants and toddlers at risk for communication disorders. Part I: Case History. Clinica: Applications in Clinical Practice of Communication Pathology. Monograph 5. University of Pretoria. 2000:1-26.

Hugo R, Louw B, Kritzinger A, Smit GJ. Listening behaviour in children at risk for communication delay. Infant-Toddler Intervention. The Transdisciplinary Journal. 2000,10(1):47-53.

Kritzinger A, Louw B, Rossetti L. A transdisciplinary conceptual framework for the early identification of risks for communication disorders in young children. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2001, 48:33-44.

Louw B, Hugo SR, Kritzinger A, Pottas L. Otitis media in high-risk infants. SA Family Practice. 2002, 25(1):4-8.

Kritzinger A, Louw B. A Comprehensive assessment protocol for infants and toddlers at risk for communication disorders. Part II: Assessment Protocol. Clinica: Applications in Clinical Practice of Communication Pathology. Monograph 6. University of Pretoria. 2002:3-17.

Bam I, Kritzinger A, Louw B. Die vroeë kommunikasieontwikkeling van 'n groep babas met pediatriese MIV/VIGS in sorgsentrums. Health SA Gesondheid. 2003, 8(2):34-47.

Kritzinger A, Louw B. Clinical training of undergraduate communication pathology students in neonatal assessment and neonate-caregiver interaction in South Africa. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2003, 50:5-14. 

Lewis E, Kritzinger A. Parental experiences of feeding problems in their infants with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Research and Practice. 2004, 9(2):45-52.

Evens F, Louw B, Kritzinger A. Theoretical perspectives on nutritional issues in early communication intervention. Clinica: Applications in Clinical Practice of Communication Pathology. Monograph 7. University of Pretoria. 2004:17-25.

McInroy, A., & Kritzinger, A. 2005. A single case study of the communication development of a high risk neonate from birth to discharge from a NICU. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 52:25-35.
 
Kritzinger A, Steenkamp L. Communication development of a young child with foetal retinoid syndrome: A seven-year follow-up study. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2006. 53:39-48.

Norman V, Louw B, Kritzinger A. Incidence and description of dysphagia in infants and toddlers with tracheostomies: A retrospective review. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2007, 71(7):1087-1092.

Jessop M, Kritzinger A, Venter N. Parental perceptions of characteristics and outcomes of children and families in the Pretoria cochlear implant programme. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2007, 54:47-58.

Van Heerden C, Kritzinger A. Parental perceptions and practices of emergent literacy development in young children with Down syndrome: The development of intervention guidelines. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2008, 55:37-48.

Van der Linde J, Kritzinger A, Redelinghuys, A. The identification process in early communication intervention followed by primary health care personnel in Ditsobotla sub-district. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2009, 56:48-59.

Gopal R, Louw B, Kritzinger A. Speech assessment material for young children with cleft lip and/or palate in Mauritius. Journal of the Indian Speech, Language, Hearing Association. 2010, 24(1):24-38.

De Beer M, Kritzinger A, Zsilavecz U. Young children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – communication profiles. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2010, 57,33-42.

Strasheim E, Louw B, Kritzinger A. The development of a neonatal communication intervention tool. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 2011, 58 (1),13-18.

Groenewald H, Kritzinger A, Viviers, M. Age-specific communication functioning of young children with cleft lip and palate in a South African database. The Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Journal. 2013, 50(6):717-729.

Van der Linde J, Kritzinger A. Perceptions of rural primary health care personnel about expansion of early communication intervention services to infants at risk. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine. 2013, 5 (1): 11 pages. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v5i1.553.

PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND SHORT COURSES:

2010

Paper: CPD activity, Dept Speech Therapy and Audiology, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Johannesburg, 14 July 2010. A neonatal communication intervention programme.

Paper: Annual CHRIB seminar, Dept of Communication Pathology, 4 September 2010. Title: Sensory regulation knowledge for ECI.

Paper: ITESI early intervention course, Brits, 13 August 2010. Title: Screening and early identification of communication disorders.

Paper: CPD activity, Dept of Speech therapy and Audiology, 17 September 2010. Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Clinical tools for early communication screening and assessment.

 2011

Paper: Supervision workshop, Dept of Communication Pathology. 20 January 2011. The CPD process

Poster: SAALED Conference, Cape Town, 3 March-1 April 2011, with L Meyer.  Community based intervention in the semi-rural context of Hammanskraal

Paper: Dept of Criminology and Social Work, UP, 6 May 2011. Undergraduate research at the Dept of Communication Pathology

Paper: Cerebral Palsy Eastern Cape National Conference, 9-11 May 2011. A multi-level descriptive approach to the early communication assessment of very young children with cerebral palsy: A speech-language therapy perspective

Papers: Early Communication Intervention: A shared role between audiologists and

speech-language therapists CHRIB Workshop, hosted by The Namibian Speech Language and Hearing Association (NASLHA), at St. Paul’s Rec. Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, 4 June

 

-       Scope and practice of ECI

-       Early communication assessment

-       Sensory regulation knowledge for ECI

-       Early communication intervention

-      Information sharing with parents: Searching together to understand

Paper: Facial Cleft Deformities Clinic parent training group, Faculty of Dentistry, 27 Aug 2011. Early intervention and parent involvement

Papers: Annual CHRIB Seminar Early Communication Intervention: A shared role for audiologists and speech-language therapists, 3 Sep 2011

-       New SASLHA ethical guidelines for ECI

-       Early communication assessment of children with Cerebral Palsy

Paper: ITESI Early Intervention Course for nursery school teachers, Kroondal, 24 Sep 2011. Early identification of communication disorders

2012

Paper with L Pottas and M Viviers: Annual CHRIB Seminar Early Communication Intervention: A shared role for audiologists and speech-language therapists, 1 Sep 2012, Parent-focused strategies for assessment feedback

Phone-in programme on SAfm with Karen Key. 20 March 2012. Early Intervention for children with Down syndrome

Contribution to Baba en Kleuter article. Gebore om te praat: Idees vir ouers oor spraak- en taalontwikkeling

2013

Paper with J Mouton and C Muller Listening behaviour of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders at a conference: Communication: The key to success. Edge Hill University, Liverpool, UK. 21 June 2013.

Paper at the Annual CHRIB Seminar Early Communication Intervention: A shared role for audiologists and speech-language therapists, 7 Sep 2012. Listening behaviour of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders

Talk: Parent training to support families with infants born with cleft lip and palate. Facial Cleft Deformities Clinic. 11 March 2013

Talk: The role of the speech-language therapy in the treatment of patients with clefts. CPD talk at Dept of Oro-Facial-Maxillo Surgery. 17 September 2013


POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION:
12 students


MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES:

 

Head: Clinic for High-Risk Babies (CHRIB)

Developed and maintain an early intervention research database (CHRIB database) since 1996

Subject head: Communication Pathology and Speech-Language Pathology

Member of the departmental executive committee

Organizes the annual CHRIB seminar since 2005

Co-ordinates the academic service learning module in the Department of Communication Pathology

Member of the Community Engagement Committee, Faculty of Humanities

Co-ordinator: Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Faculty of Humanities since 2011



RESEARCH INTERESTS:

 Early intervention, parent training neonatal communication development, Kangaroo mother care, community-based intervention, Autism, Cleft Lip and Palate
 

ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

- Member: The South African Speech, Language and Hearing Association (SASLHA)

- Member: ISEI (International Society on Early Intervention)

- Founder member: South African Neonate, Infant and Toddler Support Association (SANITSA)

- Member: Kangaroo Mother Care Working Group, Department of Paediatrics, Kalafong hospital

- Professional member: Down Syndrome Association Tshwane


RESEARCH
PROJECTS:
 
Developing an evidence-based early communication intervention programme for very low birth weight neonates and their mothers in Kangaroo Mother Care
 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

Service-learning in the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit and the Maternity Ward


CONTACT DETAILS (office):

Room 2-11

Communication Pathology Building