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 has clinical, research and teaching experiences in communication and language development, communication difficulties, complex communication needs, autism spectrum disorder and assistive technology, including augmentative and alternative communication.

Abi's research interests are focused on the use of technology and assistive technology as assessment and intervention tools for facilitating social communication skills in adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. She is particularly interested in the use of games and robotics in the social interaction domain for young adults on the autism spectrum. Abi's PhD focused on the use of video-based intervention, specifically video self-modelling and video modelling (peer model) to facilitate conversational turn-taking in adolescents on the autism spectrum, who had complex communication needs and required the use of augmentative and alternative communication system. Abi is also interested in exploring the impact of current speech pathology practises for individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Trembath, D., Westerveld, M., 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.
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    2018 Thirumanickam, A., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J., & 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 Scopus1 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 Scopus32 WoS31 Europe PMC16
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    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.
  •      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)

Abi teaching experience spans across speech pathology and disability topics, including development across the lifespan, communication and language development, communication difficulties, augmentative and alternative communication and autism spectrum disorder.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    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
  • Position: Lecturer - Speech Pathology
  • Phone: 83132316
  • Email: abi.thirumanickam@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 4
  • Room: S4 20
  • Org Unit: School of Allied Health Science and Practice

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