Dr Edwards is a clinical psychologist, specialising in paediatric psychology. During the 21 years she worked at Great Ormond street Hospital she developed and led the clinical psychology provision for children with hearing losses including those with cochlear implants. she also led the team of clinical psychologists working across a variety of paediatric specialties including cleft lip and palate, craniofacial disorders, ENT, maxillo-facial disorders, orthopaedics and spinal surgery, plastics and dental surgery.
Dr Edwards specialises in assessing the cognitive abilities of children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties in their learning and/or speech and language development, often in the context of broader communication difficulties and physical disabilities. This may be the result of temporary or permanent hearing loss, speech and language disorders, auditory processing disorder or a range of medical conditions and syndromes.
Dr Edwards conducts psychometric assessments for children aged 3 to 18 years, including the assessment of non-verbal cognitive abilities, and the cognitive abilities of children with limited or no spoken language skills. she also assesses children's behavioural and emotional strengths and difficulties, and how these are impacting on learning and progress in school.
- Children with hearing loss (any of degree)
- Paediatric cochlear implantation
- Children with hearing loss and complex/additional needs (e.g. cerebral palsy, visual impairment, developmental delay, Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- Diagnosis of specific learning difficulties in children with hearing loss
- BSc (hons), Psychology. University College London, University of London (1986-1989)
- PhD in Psychology, University College London, University of London (1989-1992)
- MSc in Clinical Psychology. University College London, University of London (1992-1994)
- Member of the British Psychological Society and British Cochlear Implant Group
- Cognitive consequences of hearing loss
- Psychological outcomes of cochlear implantation
- Theory of Mind and Executive Function Abilities in deaf children and young adults
- Deafness associated with microtia
Edwards, L. & Crocker, S. (2008) Psychological Processes in Deaf Children with Complex Needs: An Evidence-Based Practical guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Edwards, L. & Isquith, P. (in press) Cognitive development: The impact of paediatric cochlear implantation. In: the Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language and Cognition. Oxford University Press.
Bathgate, F. & Edwards, L. (in press) Hearing loss. In: R. Booth, T. Murphy & K. Zebracki, Paediatric Neuropsychology within the Multidisciplinary Context: A guide for clinicians, academics and students
Dale, N & Edwards, L. (2015) Children with specific sensory impairments. In: Thapar, A., Pine, D.S., Leckman, J.F., Scott, S., Snowling, M.J. & . Taylor, E A. Rutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, pp. 612-622. John Wiley & Sons.
Edwards, L. (2010) Learning disabilities in deaf and hard-of-hearing children. In: Marschark, M. and Spencer, P.E. Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language and Education, Volume 2. Oxford University Press.
Marschark, M., Edwards, L., Peterson, C., Crowe, K., & Walton, D. (2019). Understanding Theory of Mind in Deaf and Hearing College Students. journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 24(2), 104-118.
Edwards, L., Aitkenhead, L. &, Langdon, D. (2016) The contribution of short-term memory capacity to reading ability in adolescents with cochlear implants. International Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngolog, 90, 37-42.
Bathgate, F., Bennett, E., Cropper, J., Edwards, L., Emond, A., Gamble, C., Kentish, R., Samuel, V. (2013) Good practice guidelines for clinical psychologists working in paediatric cochlear implant teams. Cochlear Implants International, 14 (Suppl), s32-4.
Edwards, L. & Anderson, S. (2014) The association between visual, nonverbal cognitive abilities and speech, phonological processing, vocabulary and reading outcomes in children with cochlear implants. Ear and Hearing, 35(3), 366-74.
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