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About

Background

Celia is a speech and language therapist who joined the Department of Language and Communication Science in October 2004 to teach issues related to disability across the lifespan.

Prior to working at City University London, Celia worked for 19 years full time in the NHS. Clinical interests include paediatric dysphagia, from neonates to teenagers, both acute and community, and children with complex special needs including autism. Celia has retained some clinical sessions at The Royal Free hospital in the paediatric department.

Administrative roles
- NIHR Reviewer
- RCSLT Advisor for paediatric dysphagia and learning disabilities
- Senior Personal Tutor - City University London
- PG Pre-Registration Admissions Tutor - City University
- University advisor for the Nordoff-Robbins Master's qualification in Music Therapy
- Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist / paediatric dysphagia (neonates) at The Royal Free Hospital Foundation Trust ( Barnet and the Royal Free neonatal units covered).

Qualifications

  1. PhD, City, University of London, United Kingdom
  2. MSc, City, University of London, United Kingdom
  3. BSc (Hons), University College London, United Kingdom
  4. LDC Fellowship, City University London, London, United Kingdom

Employment

  1. External Examiner, Trinity College Dublin, May 2010 – present
  2. Visiting Lecturer, University College London, Sep 2000 – present

Fellowships

  1. LDC Fellowship

Memberships of Committees

  1. Member, NICE follow up of preterm babies guidelines committee

Memberships of Professional Organisations

  1. Member, European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD)
  2. SL02314, Health and Care Professions Council
  3. Member RC0008274, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Awards

  1. City, University of London (2017) Shortlisted - Learning Enhancement Awards
    Shortlisted for Personal Tutoring Award
  2. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (2016) Nursing Development Award
    Oral Readiness in Preterm Infants. Harding, C., Levin, A., Mynard, A., Wyles, K. and Cane, C.
  3. Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust (2016) Outstanding Staff Celebrations & Rewards
    Recommended for Outstanding Staff Celebrations & Rewards Award (OSCAR) by the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust for clinician of the year
  4. Emerald Literati Network (2014) Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence
  5. Royal Free Hospital (2009) Pump Priming Award
    Pump Priming Award to research hunger provocation approaches with Abi Faiman, Julie Wright. £4,529.21
  6. Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust (2008) Pump Priming Award
    Pump Priming Award to research paediatric straw use with A. Aloysius, Senior Clinical Specialist speech and language therapist. £4,529.21

Research

Research overview

- Using non-nutritive sucking and its assumed relationship in the development of functional oral feeding skills, including early identification of infant communication signs

- Disability issues including the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), language acquisition needs of people with disabilities, and peer tutoring for people with disabilities across the lifespan

- Dysphagia in relation to congenital disorders; what therapy is used, and what is effective to minimise risk

Research areas

- Using non-nutritive sucking and its assumed relationship in the development of functional oral feeding skills, including early identification of infant communication signs

- Disability issues including the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), language acquisition needs of people with disabilities, and peer tutoring for people with disabilities across the lifespan

- Dysphagia in relation to congenital disorders: what therapy is used, and what is effective to minimise risk

Current and recently completed grants / Activities

Currently applying for grants in the area of neonatal feeding development and pervasive feeding disorders with children who have complex physical and learning needs

Principal collaborators

- Helen Cockerill, Consultant speech and language therapist, Evelina Childrens Hospital currently writing up a paper on parent perceptions of the benefits of videofluoroscopy

- Annie Aloysius, Senior Clinical Specialist speech and language therapist, (Neonatology) Imperial College Health Care NHS Trust jointly working on straw use across the lifespan and clinical application of this knowledge

- Currently on working groups for NIHR grants to investigate neonatal feeding and development.

Research Students

Name
BSc Students
Thesis Title
Use of Mealtime Advice Mats within special schools & SLT student experiences of multidisciplinary working/learning
Name
MRes student
Thesis Title
Quality of movement in children with Cerebral Palsy following dorsal rhizotomy surgery
Name
Postgraduate
Further Information
- A survey of AAC use in specialist disability provision
- Assessment of oral readiness in neonates
- Gesture and its relevance to naming ability in learning disability
Name
Undergraduate
Further Information
- A survey of AAC use in specialist disability provision
- An evaluation of straw use across the lifespan and how this data can be used in clinical assessment

Publications

Books (2)

  1. Cocks, N. and Harding, Celia, (2011). The Dysphagia Placement Workbook. ISBN 978-1-907826-06-1.
  2. Harding, C. (Ed.), Developing Clinical Skills in Dysphagia: A guide for speech and language therapists from Authors to Clinical Educators and Supervisors. J&K Press. ISBN 978-1-907826-06-1.

Chapters (5)

  1. Harding, C.M. (2012). Children with severe learning disabilities. In Kersner, M. and Wright, J.A. (Eds.), Speech and Language Therapy (pp. 183–191). Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-61407-8.
  2. Harding, C.M. (2009). Intellectual and sensory impairments. In Body, R. and McAllister, L. (Eds.), Ethics in Speech and Language Therapy Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-05888-6.
  3. Harding, C.M., Luscombe, M. and Bannon, M. (2007). Speech and language disorders and hearing problems. In Bannon, M. and Carter, Y. (Eds.), Practical Paediatric Problems in Primary Care Oxford
  4. Harding, C. Speech and Language Therapy: The decision-making process when working with children. In Kersner, M. and Wright, J. (Eds.), Children with severe learning disabilities (pp. 183–191). Ed Routlelidge, London and New York.
  5. Harding, C.M. Children with Learning Disabilities. In Hilari, K. (Ed.), The Impact of Communication Disability Across the Lifespan (pp. 61–79). J & K Press. ISBN 978-1-907826-03-0.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (10)

  1. Harding, C., Levin, A., Mynard, A., Wyles, K. and Cane, C. (2016). Oral Readiness in Preterm Infants. Poster presentation: 6th ESSD Congress - Deglutology : From Science to Clinical Practice. Milan (Italy), 13th - 15th October, 2016. 6th ESSD Congress - Deglutology : From Science to Clinical Practice. Milan (Italy), 13th - 15th October, 2016 13-15 October, University of Milan.
  2. Harding, C. (2016). Tube Weaning in Children: 6th ESSD Congress - Deglutology : From Science to Clinical Practice. Milan (Italy), 13th - 15th October, 2016. 6th ESSD Congress - Deglutology : From Science to Clinical Practice. Milan (Italy), 13th - 15th October, 2016 13-15 October, Milan University.
  3. Harding, C.M. and Cocks, N. (2010). Developing more Speech and language therapy student dysphagia experiences and placements in partnership with practicing clinicians. City University: Clinical Education Conference 2 September, 31/08/10.
  4. Harding, C.M. and Cocks, N. (2010). Developing more speech and language therapy student dysphagia experiences and placements in partnership with practicing clinicians. City University: Teaching and Learning Conference June, London.
  5. Harding, C.M., Lindsay, G., O'Brien, A., Dipper, L. and Wright, J. (2010). Implementing AAC with children with PMLD: A study in rationale underpinning intervention. ISAAC Conference Barcelona.
  6. Harding, C.M., Faiman, A. and Wright, J. (2010). A pilot project to evaluate an intensive desensitisation, oral tolerance therapy and hunger provocation programme for children who have had prolonged tube feeds. UK SRG Conference London.
  7. Harding, C.M. and Halai, V. (2010). Providing Dysphagia Training for Carers of Children who have profound and Multiple Learning Disabilties. UK SRG Conference London.
  8. Harding, C.M. (2008). Using service users with learning disabilities to train speech and language therapy students. The London SoTL 7th International Conference May, London.
  9. Harding, C.M. (2008). The use of non-nutritive sucking to promote functional sucking skills in premature infants: an exploratory trial. UK Swallow Research Group February, Manchester Conference Centre.
  10. Harding, C.M., Geraint-Hughes, R. and Goregam, C. (2007). Using carers of people with disabilities to teach students. HEA Conference July, Harrogate.

Journal Articles (37)

  1. Harding, C. (2017). Health care and risk of early death for people with learning disabilities. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 59(6), pp. 567–567. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13376.
  2. van den Hoek -Engel, L., Harding, C., van Gerven, M. and Cockerill, H. (2017). Pediatric feeding and swallowing rehabilitation: An overview. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 10(2), pp. 95–105. doi:10.3233/PRM-170435.
  3. Norburn, K., Levin, A., Morgan, S. and Harding, C. (2016). A survey of augmentative and alternative communication used in an inner city special school. British Journal of Special Education, 43(3), pp. 289–306. doi:10.1111/1467-8578.12142.
  4. Cockerill, H., Van Den Engel-Hoek, L. and Harding, C. (2016). Assessing children's swallowing: Parent and professional perceptions. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 21(3), pp. 117–125. doi:10.1108/TLDR-08-2015-0033.
  5. Harding, C.M., Bowden, C., Lima, L. and Levin, A. (2016). How do we determine oral readiness in infants? Infant, 12(1), pp. 10–12.
  6. Wood, D., Harding, C. and McFarlane, M. (2015). Staff perceptions of a cough reflex testing (CRT) service for patients following stroke. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 10, pp. 64–64.
  7. Harding, C., Frank, L., Botting, N. and Hilari, K. (2015). Assessment and management of infant feeding. Infant, 11(3), pp. 85–89.
  8. Harding, C. and Cockerill, H. (2015). Managing eating and drinking difficulties (dysphagia) with children who have learning disabilities: What is effective? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 20(3), pp. 395–405. doi:10.1177/1359104513516650.
  9. Harding, C. (2014). Commentary on experiential learning: changing student attitudes towards learning disability: how can we reduce exclusion further? Tizard Learning Disability Review, 19(3), pp. 118–121. doi:10.1108/TLDR-11-2013-0048.
  10. Harding, C., Morris, A., Fitzpatrick, E. and Aloysius, A. (2014). Drinking speed using a Pat Saunders valved straw, wide-bore straw and a narrow-bore straw in a normal adult population. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 12(4), pp. 255–261. doi:10.1097/XEB.0000000000000021.
  11. Harding, C.M. (2014). Non-nutritive sucking for infants: what are the issues? Infant, 10(2), pp. 50–53.
  12. Cocks, N., Harding, C. and Pritchard, M. (2014). The benefits of a 5-day dysphagia intensive placement. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16(5), pp. 476–485. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.826283.
  13. Harding, C., Frank, L., Van Someren, V., Hilari, K. and Botting, N. (2014). How does non-nutritive sucking support infant feeding? Infant Behavior and Development, 37(4), pp. 457–464. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.05.002.
  14. Lewer, A. and Harding, C. (2013). Communication is the key: improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 18(3), pp. 132–140. doi:10.1108/TLDR-01-2013-0001.
  15. Lewer, A. and Harding, C. (2013). From “what do you do?” to “a leap of faith”: developing more effective indirect intervention for adults with learning disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 18(2), pp. 74–83. doi:10.1108/13595471311315092.
  16. Harding, C., Frank, L., Dungu, C. and Colton, N. (2012). The use of nonnutritive sucking to facilitate oral feeding in a term infant: a single case study. J Pediatr Nurs, 27(6), pp. 700–706. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2012.01.006.
  17. Harding, C., Wade, C. and Harrison, K. (2012). Communication between children and carers during mealtimes. The Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13(4), pp. 242–250.
  18. Harding, C., Bukhari, S., Hickin, J. and Harrison, K. (2012). The People in Control Conference at City University, London: “We have opinions to share about our lives”. Tizard Learning Disability Journal, 17(4), pp. 169–176. doi:10.1108/13595471211272514.
  19. Harding, C., Frank, L., Dungu, C. and Colton, N. (2012). The use of non-nutritive sucking to facilitate oral feeding in a term infant: A single case study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, pp. 700–706.
  20. Harding, C., Hickin, J., Bukhari, S. and Harrison, K. (2011). Launch of User-Lead Consultancy: How adults with learning disabilities can train others effectively using a range of communication strategies. . Communication Matters, 25(3), pp. 12–14.
  21. Harding, C., Lindsay, G., O'Brien, A., Dipper, L.T. and Wright, J. (2011). Implementing AAC with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities: a study in rationale underpinning intervention. The Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 11(2), pp. 120–129. doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2010.01184.x.
  22. Harding, C.M. and Moody, A. (2011). A survey revaluation of the AAC strategies used by school aged children with learning disabilities, & their parent's perceptions of their needs. Communication Matters Journal, 25(1), pp. 33–37.
  23. Harding, C. and Aloysius, A. (2011). Drinking speed using a valved Pat Saunders straw TM, wide bore straw and a narrow bore straw in school age children. The International Journal of Evidence Based Health Care, 9, pp. 435–439. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1609.2011.00241.x.
  24. Harding, C., Faiman, A. and Wright, J. (2010). Evaluation of an intensive desensitisation, oral tolerance therapy and hunger provocation program for children who have had prolonged periods of tube feeds. International journal of evidence-based healthcare, 8(4), pp. 268–276. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1609.2010.00184.x.
  25. Harding, C.M., Faiman, A. and Wright, J. (2010). A pilot project to evaluate intensive desensitisation, oral tolerance therapy and hunger provocation programme for children who have had prolonged tube feeds. The Journal of Evidence Based Health Care, 8, pp. 268–276.
  26. Harding, C.M., Cocks, N., Paytner, C. and Wright, J. (2010). Learning Opportunities in Dysphagia. Bulletin .
  27. Harding, C.M. and Wright, J. (2010). Dysphagia: The challenge of managing eating and drinking difficulties in children and adults who have learning disabilties. Tizard Learning Disability Review Journal, 15(1) .
  28. Harding, C.M., O'Brien, A., Dipper, L. and Wright, J. (2010). The challenges of implementing AAC to children with profound and multiple learning disabilities: A study in rationale underpinning intervention. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs pp. 1–10. doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.201001184.
  29. Harding, C. (2009). An evaluation of the benefits of non-nutritive sucking for premature infants as described in the literature. Arch Dis Child, 94(8), pp. 636–640. doi:10.1136/adc.2008.144204.
  30. Harding, C.M. (2009). Using switches with pre-school children: How do we decide who has access to a voice output communication devise? Communication Matters, 23(3), pp. 11–21.
  31. Harding, C. and Halai, V. (2009). PROVIDING DYSPHAGIA TRAINING FOR CARERS OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE LEARNING DISABILITIES. BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, 55(108), pp. 33–47.
  32. Harding, C. and Gourlay, S. (2008). New developments in the management of speech and language disorders. Archives of disease in childhood, 93(5), pp. 425–427. doi:10.1136/adc.2007.121509.
  33. Harding, C.M. (2008). Involving adult service users with learning disabilities in the training of speech and language therapy students. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(2), pp. 205–211.
  34. Harding, C. (2008). Issues around non-nutritive sucking. DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY, 50(1), pp. 77–78.
  35. Harding, C.M., Patel, K. and Nielson, P. (2007). People with learning disabilities teaching others. Learning Disabilities Today, 7(4), pp. 30–32.
  36. Harding, C. (2005). Evidence based practice in speech pathology. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, 40(3), pp. 381–383.
  37. Harding, C.M. Harding, C. (2017). Health care and risk of early death for people with learning disabilities. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.doi: 10.1111/dmcn. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Early view .

Report

  1. Beavon, N., Coetzee, L., Griffith, R., Hallows, J., Harding, C., Howseman, T., Otway, D., Ramussen, J., Sandhu, B., Schmueli, U., Smith, A. and Wright, D. Guidelines for the identification and management of dysphagia in adults with learning disability : Prepared by Vital Health Communications For Rosemont Pharmaceuticals..

Thesis/Dissertation

  1. Harding, C.M. The unmet needs of infants, children and young people with dysphagia. (PhD Thesis)

Education

Modules taught on

- SL3003 / SLM009  Language , Cognition and Communication Disabilities - Module Leader, and Learning Disability Lecturer for this module
- SL2005 / SLM004 Speech, Communication and Swallowing Difficulties
- SLM010 / SL3004 / SL3008 , Intervention studies for Pre-registration PG2 group, BSc3 and BSc4
- SL1004 - Social Context
- HCM007 - Dysphagia (post registration module) Joint Module Leader and lecturer
- HCM021 Case based clinical application
- Paediatric Dysphagia - taught at UCL

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (2)

  1. Infant Journal, Editorial advisory board member, Sep 2016 – present.
  2. Tizard Learning Disability Journal, Editorial board member.

Events/Conferences (23)

  1. Determining Oral Readiness in Preterm Infants: Preliminary Results
    (Harding; Mynard; Cane; Wyles; Hills; Levin).
    Milan (2016).
    Description: ESSD Conference 2016
  2. Non-nutritive sucking: is it effective? Kingsway Hall Hotel, London WC2B 5BX (2015).
    Description: Invited speaker at the APCP, OT and SLT Neonatal Group Joint Study Day - Research to Practice.
  3. Rehabilitating dysphagia in children: Current evidence and directions for research. Walshe M., Harding C. Brussels (2014).
    Description: Presentation
  4. Parental and professional perceptions of the role of videofluoroscopy in the management of children with neurodisability and feeding disabilities . Cockerill H; Harding C; Craig G. European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) Annual Conference 2013 (2013).
    Description: Poster presentation
  5. Current issues in paediatric dysphagia – invited seminar presenter. Trinity College, Dublin (2013).
  6. Position Statement: Paediatric Dysphagia. Fichaux-Bourin P; Harding C; Walshe M; Woisard V. Malmo, Sweden (2013).
    Description: ESSD Conference. Dysphagia Diagnosis and Treatment: A multi-disciplinary Challenge. 3rd Congress
  7. A randomised controlled study to determine the effectiveness of non-nutritive sucking as a tool for enabling effective transition to full oral feeding. City University London (2013).
    Description: Annual Doctoral Conference
  8. Dysphagia, aetiology, causes and concerns. London (2011).
    Description: Dysphagia in the elderly and adults with intellectual disabilities Primary Care Focus Group
  9. Dysphagia management for children: Is it effective? A reflection of current practice. Leiden (2011).
    Description: European Society of Swallowing Disorders (formerly the EGDG)
  10. A Survey into current practice and provision provided by Speech and Language Therapists in the South-East of England. Sorrento, Italy (2011).
    Description: 44th Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN (Presented by Hannah Leniston).
  11. Behavioural Feeding Difficulties in Children: A Survey into current practice and provision provided by Speech and Language Therapists in the South-East of England (Presentation and poster) Leniston H; Feint G, Cockerill H & Harding C. Sorrento, Italy (2011).
    Description: 44th Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN
  12. Developing more speech and language therapy student dysphagia experiences and placements in partnership with practising clinicians. Prato, Tuscany (2011).
    Description: 4th International Clinical Skills Conference
  13. Developing more Speech and language therapy student dysphagia experiences and placements in partnership with practicing clinicians. City University London (2010).
    Description: Clinical Education Conference
  14. Implementing AAC with children with PMLD: A study in rationale underpinning intervention. Barcelona (2010).
    Description: ISAAC Conference
  15. Developing more Speech and language therapy student dysphagia experiences and placements in partnership with practicing clinicians. City University, London (2010).
    Description: Teaching and Learning Conference.
  16. A pilot project to evaluate an intensive desensitisation, oral tolerance therapy and hunger provocation programme for children who have had prolonged tube feeds. UCL/Institute of Child Health, London (2010).
    Description: Conference on Feeding and Eating in Infancy and Early Childhood
  17. A pilot project to evaluate an intensive desensitisation, oral tolerance therapy and hunger provocation programme for children who have had prolonged tube feeds. Institutue of Child Health, London (2010).
    Description: UK Swallow Reserach Group
  18. Providing Dysphagia Training for Carers of Children who have profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Institute of Child Health, London (2010).
    Description: UK SRG Conference
  19. Using service users with learning disabilities to train speech and language therapy students. The London SoTL 7th International Conference (2008).
  20. The use of non-nutritive sucking to promote functional sucking skills in premature infants: an exploratory trial. Manchester Conference Centre (2008).
    Description: UK Swallow Research Group
  21. Using carers of people with disabilities to teach students. HEA Conference, Harrogate (2007).
  22. Peer learning skills for those with learning disabilities through teaching students. NZ-Speech-Language therapists’ Association Biennial Conference, Christchurch, NZ (2006).
  23. Non-nutritive sucking. NZ-Speech-Language therapists’ Association Biennial Conference (2006).

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (3)

  1. Tube Weaning in Children. Milan (2016). ESSD Conference 2016
  2. Premature infant feeding : Approaches in management, challenges and potential future directions. ESSD (2017). Webinar on premature infant feeding with Dr. Lenie van den Engel-Hoek & Sandra de Groot, , Department of Rehabilitation
    Amalia’s children’s Hospital , Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  3. Dysphagia management for children: Is it effective? A reflection of current practice. Leiden, Holland (2012). European Society of Swallowing Disorders (formerly the EGDG

Other

  1. Advisor on Complex Learning Disabilities )paediatrics) and Paediatric Dysphagia for the RCSLT.

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