Lorna Gravenstede

Lorna is a qualified highly specialist speech and language therapist, having gained a First Class BSc (hons) degree from Newcastle University in 1998, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s Advanced Clinical Skills diploma in working with people who are deaf in 2004 and an MSc Human Communication Science (speech and language therapy and deafness) with distinction from City University in 2005.  Lorna has been providing lectures for trainee Teacher of the Deaf students since 2002 and has been a module leader on the MA ToD course since 2013.  Lorna’s current teaching topics include the development of language, speech and communication skills, how deafness impacts language, speech and communication, developmental language disorder and deafness, and the assessment and facilitation of these skills.  Lorna has previously taught sessions on speech acoustics and phonological awareness.  As well as teaching on the MA course, Lorna has supervised dissertations. 

Lorna is a part time member of the Courses team and carries out clinical work as part of her role as Head of the Burwood Centre.  Lorna has a wealth of experience in the field of speech and language therapy and children who are deaf.  She has previously worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in community clinics, mainstream schools with resource bases and in a specialist school for the deaf.  Lorna has a Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) and has worked with children who use BSL, Sign Supported English and those who communicate orally.   

Professional Memberships
Lorna has: 

  • Full membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) 

  • Membership of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 

  • Associate membership of British Association of Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People (BATOD) 

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 

Published Articles: 

  • Gravenstede.L. & Roy.P. (2009) Phonological Processing and Decoding skills in Deaf Adolescents.  Deafness and Education International, Volume 11, Number 4, pp.171-190. 

  • Gravenstede.L. (2014) Phonological Awareness and Deaf Children.  BATOD Magazine, March Edition. 

  • NDCS, NatSIP, DfE (2014) Assessing and monitoring the progress of deaf children and young people: Communication, Language and Listening. 

  • Baker.L, Clements.K, Gravenstede.L, Grey.V, Moore.C. & Prieto.K. (2015) Deafness and language – delay or disorder?  BATOD Magazine, January Edition. 

  • Gravenstede.L. and Clements.K. (2015) Specific Language Impairment and Deaf Children.  RCSLT July Bulletin p.13-15. 

  • Gravenstede.L. (2018) SaLT terminology.  BATOD Magazine, November Edition. 

  • Gravenstede.L. (2020) Independent Assessments.  Cochlear implanted children’s support group newsletter. 

  • Gravenstede.L. & Heald.J. (2021) Independent multidisciplinary assessments for children and young people who are deaf.  BATOD Magazine, January Edition. 

  • Gravenstede.L. (2021) Online assessments: how they work and how you can prepare.  Cochlear implanted children’s support group newsletter.