Abi Thirumanickam

Dr Abi Thirumanickam

Lecturer - Speech Pathology

School of Allied Health Science and Practice

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr. Abi Thirumanickam is a lecturer in the School of Allied Health Science and Practice in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. She has a Ph.D. in Speech Pathology (Flinders University) and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) (Flinders University).

Abi is also a Speech Pathology Australia Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and has practised as a speech pathologist in the public and private sectors, across health care, community, and education settings. She is currently on the Professional Education Committee for Speech Pathology Australia South Australian Branch. She is also in the Working Group for the Autism Spectrum Disoder Practice Guidelines (Speech Pathology Australia), and the advisory group member of the ILC-Grant (Speech Pathology Australia).

She has clinical, research, and teaching experiences in communication across the lifespan, disability, community inclusion communication accssibility, and assistive technology, including augmentative and alternative communication.

Abi is a multilingual, speech pathology academic who explores translational research outcomes for promoting inclusive and culturally responsive practices for people who communicate differently, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and persons with complex communication needs. Her research interest and expertise are situated in interdisciplinary, community-focused and inclusive research practices, collaborating with people with lived experiences to promote culturally responsive and communication accessible communities in Australia. Her research explores capacity building through accessible, cost-effective means to enhance inclusion and active participation for everyone.

Abi is available to supervise Honours, Masters and Ph.D candidates.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Trembath, D., Sutherland, R., Caithness, T., Dissanayake, C., Eapen, V., Fordyce, K., . . . Tucker, M. (2021). Clinician proposed predictors of spoken language outcomes for minimally verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(2), 564-575.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Trembath, D., Westerveld, M. F., Teppala, S., Thirumanickam, A., Sulek, R., Rose, V., . . . Vivanti, G. (2019). Profiles of vocalization change in children with autism receiving early intervention. Autism Research, 12(5), 830-842.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2018 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J. M., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2018). Effectiveness of video-based modelling to facilitate conversational turn taking of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who use AAC. AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 34(4), 311-322.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2018 Thirumanickam, A., & Raghavendra, P. (2018). Video self-modeling is most effective when implemented alone, in a positive self-review format. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 12(1-2), 12-17.
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    2011 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., & Olsson, C. (2011). Participation and social networks of school-age children with complex communication needs: A descriptive study. AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 27(3), 195-204.
    DOI Scopus39 WoS37 Europe PMC19
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Thirumanickam, A., McMillan, J., Raghavendra, P., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2021). Video modelling and video self-modelling: Facilitating reciprocal conversation in adolescents with ASD using AAC. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Society for Augmentative Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Toronto, Canada.
    2019 Raghavendra, P., Rillotta, F., & Thirumanickam, A. (2019). SOCIAL MEDIA USE TRAINING FOR STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: A STEP TOWARDS CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITY. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. WILEY.
    2019 Rillotta, F., Raghavendra, P., & Thirumanickam, A. (2019). PROMOTING INCLUSION AND POSITIVE ATTITUDES OF STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY THROUGH DISABILITY AWARENESS AND INCLUSIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. WILEY.
    2019 Raghavendra, P., Rillotta, F., Walker, R., Thirumanickam, A., & Balandin, S. (2019). IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA USE TRAINING FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES: A PILOT STUDY. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH. WILEY.
    2018 Thomas, V., Thirumanickam, A., & Gunson, J. (2018). What qualitative evidence exists about the sexual health literacy of young women on the autism spectrum? A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Goldcoast.
    2018 Rillotta, F., Raghavendra, P., & Thirumanickam, A. (2018). Inclusion of students with disability at school: Impact of disability awareness training and physical activity on attitudes of students without disabilities. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Inclusive Education Summit.
    2018 Rillotta, F., Raghavendra, P., Thirumanickam, A., Walker, R., & Balandin, S. (2018). Outcomes of social media use training for adults with intellectual disabilities living in supported accommodation. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) conference:" Let's Shake it Up; Human Rights for Everyone. Goldcoast, Queensland.
    2018 Trembath, D., Westerfeld, M., Teppala, S., Thirumanickam, A., Sulek, R., Rose, V., . . . Vivanti, G. (2018). Vocalisation changes in children with autism receiving early intervention. Poster session presented at the meeting of American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Boston, Massachusetts.
    2018 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2018). Video-based modelling interventions for individuals with autism who use AAC: From research to practice. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Society for Augmentative Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
    2018 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2018). Video-based modelling interventions to teach conversation skills to individuals with autism: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of Speech Pathology Australia National conference.
    2017 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2017). Teaching conversational turn-taking to adolescent AAC users with Autism, using Video modelling techniques. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR). Melbourne.
    2017 Thirumanickam, A., McMillan, J., Raghavendra, P., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2017). Watch & Learn: Video modelling interventions to facilitate conversation skills in adolescents with ASD using AAC. Poster session presented at the meeting of AGOSCI 2017.
    2017 Rillotta, F., Raghavendra, P., Walker, R., Balandin, S., & Thirumanickam, A. (2017). Enhancing social networks of adults with intellectual disabilities with social media use training. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability. Bangkok.
    2015 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2015). comparison of video modeling and video self-modeling: Teaching conversation skills to non-verbal adolescents with ASD. Poster session presented at the meeting of Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC). Brisbane.
    2015 Thirumanickam, A., McMillan, J., Raghavendra, P., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2015). Video modeling and self-modeling: Facilitating conversation skills in non-verbal adolescents with ASD. Poster session presented at the meeting of Research in Special Education (RISE). Adelaide.
    2013 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., van Steenbrugge, W., & McMillan, J. (2013). Effectiveness of video modeling techniques to develop conversation skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster session presented at the meeting of Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC). Adelaide.
    2013 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2013). Facilitating conversation skills using video modelling in verbal and non-verbal individuals with ASD: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of AGOSCI 2013. Sydney.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2017 Thirumanickam, A. (2017). The Use of Packaged Video Modelling and Video Self-modelling Techniques to Facilitate Conversational Interactions for Adolescents with Autism, who Use AAC.. (PhD Thesis, Flinders University).
    2008 Thirumanickam, A. (2008). Participation profiles of primary school children with and without physical disability and complex communication needs: The relationship between communication abilities, social networks and involvement in activities. (Undergraduate Dissertation, Flinders University).
  • SAHSP Conference Support Grant (2021)
  • SAHSP Strategic Research Grant (2021)
  • AGOSCI Annual Research Grant 2020 (2020)    
  • Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant (2018)
  • Flinders University Research Travel Grant (2016)
  • Golden Key International Honours Society
  • APEX AUTISM PhD RESEARCH GRANTS (2014)
  • Flinders University Academic Internship 2014 
  • Flinders University Research Scholarship (2012-2015)

2021

HLTH SC 1400 - Biosciences in Human Health A (course coordinator & teacher)

SPEECH 1000 - Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice (co-course coordinator & teacher)

2022

HLTH SC 1400 - Biosciences in Human Health A (course coordinator & teacher)

SPEECH 1000 - Introduction to Speech Pathology Practice (teacher)

SPEECH 2000 - Communication and Swallowing across the lifespan (course coordinator & teacher)

SPEECH 2004 - Clinical Reasoning in Professional Settings (course coordinator & teacher)

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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2021 - ongoing Advisory Board Member ILC grant - SPA and AGOSCI Speech Pathology Australia and AGOSCI Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Working group: Practice Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder Speech Pathology Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Speech Pathology Australia- SA Brach Professional Education Committee Speech Pathology Australia Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member SAHSP Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member American Speech Language Hearing Association - International affiliate United States
    2020 - ongoing Member AGOSCI Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Canada
    2016 - ongoing Member Australasian Society for Autism Research Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member Speech Pathology Australia Australia
    2006 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - 2021 Video-based intervention: How to use the “seeing is believing” motto to promote accessible intervention Speech Pathology Australia Australia
    2021 - ongoing Seeing is Believing: Video-based intervention Podcast Speech Pathology Australia Australia
    2021 - ongoing AAC for culturally and linguistically diverse groups New York University - online New York University United States
  • Position: Lecturer - Speech Pathology
  • Phone: 83132316
  • Email: abi.thirumanickam@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering & Maths Sciences, floor 4
  • Room: 4 06
  • Org Unit: School of Allied Health Science and Practice

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