Dr Louise Paatsch is a senior lecturer in the area of language and literacy at Deakin University in the Faculty of Arts and Education. She is a teacher and teacher of the deaf with over 25 years of experience. From 1998 to 2009 she was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne training teachers of the deaf in the areas of spoken language, speech production, and speech perception. During this period she also worked as a research assistant in the department of Otolaryngology at the University of Melbourne on a 5-year longitudinal study which investigated the spoken language skills of school-aged children with hearing loss. In 2007, Louise completed her PhD following her Master of Education at the University of Melbourne. She is currently involved in research at Deakin University in the areas of multimodal literacies and teaching literacy pedagogy. Her other research areas include investigation of pragmatic skills and narrative skills of children and adolescents with hearing loss, examination of academic, linguistic and literacy outcomes of children and adolescents with hearing loss, and investigation of home literacy practices and language skills of pre-school children.