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Dr Sean Pert qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995. He has post graduate qualifications in
Healthcare Management, Higher Education teaching and Gender Identity Healthcare Practice. Sean’s PhD examined code switching (the use of bilingual utterances) and how errors in this domain could be used as a clinical marker for identifying Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in bilingual children. Sean has published research and presented at national and international conferences. Sean’s publications include papers, book chapters, assessments in languages other than English (LOTE), and his latest book is ‘Working with Children Experiencing Speech and Language Disorders in a Bilingual Context: A Home Language Approach’.
Sean has extensive clinical experience in the National Health Service and the Charity Sector. Sean worked in one of the few services in the UK to provide a home language assessment and intervention care pathway.
Sean has been a
Senior Clinical Lecturer at The University of Manchester since 2014, where he teaches Clinical Phonetics (IPA Clinical Transcription), Speech Sound Disorder (SSD Analysis and Intervention), Bilingualism, and Voice & Communication Therapy (VCT) for trans and gender diverse individuals. Sean is also the Lead Consultant for the Indigo Gender Service, Greater Manchester, and the Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Sean is the first 'out' gay person, and the first man to hold the position of Chair of
RCSLT (2022 to present).
Sean has been awarded the Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation on an unprecedented three occasions. His online teaching methods were recognised with the
Pandemic Pedagogy Teaching Award. Sean has also been nominated by his students for Most Inspiring Lecturer. His pro bono work with students and VCT was recognised with the  Staff Volunteer of the Year and Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility. See a full list of his awards here.
Find out more about Dr Pert’s professional interests and activities, below.

LOTE* Assessments

The Bilingual Assessment of Simple Sentences (BASS) and the Bilingual Speech Sound Screen (BiSSS) are available in the Pakistani heritage languages Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu.

Adaptations are available in
  • Mirpuri, a Pakistani heritage language,
  • Sylheti, a Bangladeshi heritage language, and
  • Polish

*Languages Other Than English

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Professional Organisations

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Certified Practising Full Member (1995-Present; Student member 1992-1995)
Chair of the Board of Trustees (2022-2024)
Deputy Chair (October 2020 to October 2022)
International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP)
Individual Member (21/08/2023 to present)
Board member: Representative for Large Affiliated Societies (04/09/2023 to present)
Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS)
Full Individual Member (17/09/2019 to present)
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
Full Individual Member (21/03/2022 to present)

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Advance HE (Formerly the Higher Education Academy)
  • Senior Fellow (2020)
  • Fellow (2017)

Open University (2020)
Take your teaching online
OpenLearn free course as part of the move to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Completed 29th June 2020
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