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Dr Amanda Hynan

About Dr Amanda Hynan

Amanda worked for many years in the television industry before qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). She completed her PhD in 2013 at MMU and joined Leeds Beckett as a senior lecturer in 2014.

Amanda worked for the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist within a variety of paediatric clinical and mainstream settings supporting children with complex communication and social difficulties. She is actively involved in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and is a trustee of Communication Matters, the UK chapter of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), and is also a volunteer with 1-Voice, a national charitable organisation which supports people who use AAC and their families through a role model focused philosophy. Amanda is passionate about raising awareness for people with complex communication needs.

Current Teaching

Amanda teaches on the following modules on our BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy course:

  • Clinical and Professional Skills 1 and 2
  • Research for Clinical Practice
  • Speech and Language Pathology 3
  • Current Issues

Research Interests

Amanda's doctoral research was in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She investigated the perceptions of people who use AAC about using the internet and social media.


Selected Publications

Journal articles (2)

  • Hynan A; Goldbart J; Murray J (2015), A grounded theory of Internet and social media use by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 37 (17), p. 1559-1575.
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  • Hynan A; Murray J; Goldbart J (2014), 'Happy and excited': Perceptions of using digital technology and social media by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, vol. 30 (2), p. 175-186.

Theses or dissertations (1)

  • Hynan AE (2013), How I use the internet and online social media: experiences of young people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
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