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Marica Gatt

PhD Student


Marica is currently pursuing a PhD at the Tizard Centre. She completed a B.Ed Honours degree at the University of Malta in 1996. In 2006, she undertook an accredited course in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in conjunction with the ACE Centre North and Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2007, she completed a MSc in Complex Learning Disabilities at the University of Manchester.


About: After working as Head of Department for Literacy in one of the colleges, Marica has recently been selected as Head of the Primary Education Resource Centre in Malta. She is also a part time lecturer at the University of Malta lecturing on modules related to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and ICT for inclusion. Marica is the founder of ACTU (Access to Communication and Technology Unit), a comprehensive assessment unit established in Malta in 2006, providing access to communication, language and literacy for individuals with complex needs. She has represented the Education Directorates in a number of funded projects including the development of the Maltese text to speech engine and the use of eye gaze technology together with project partners. She has recently been awarded an advanced master class writing workshop at the Monash University Prato Centre, Italy. She has also been awarded an emerging researcher award to travel to Toronto and present her paper at the ISAAC International Conference in August 2016.

Research Interests:
Marica is interested in communicative interactions between mothers, siblings and children with communication disabilities

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 Gatt, M., Bradshaw, J., Grove, N., & Murphy, G. (2016) A systematic review of family led interventions for children with complex communication needs (in preparation).

 Gatt, M. (2015) Development of AAC and Assistive Technology in Malta. Communication Support World Network retrieved from

 Gatt, M. (2015) Mothers' views of the communication skills of Maltese children with complex communication needs. Communication Matters, 29 (3) 16-19.

 Gatt, M (2012) Enabling Participation for Maltese Children with Complex Communication Needs in Azzopardi, A (Ed) Roots to Inclusive Education - A question of Well Being. Lambert Academic Publishing pp 95-103.

 Gatt, M. (2009) Assistive Technology in Malta. Augmentative Communication World Network retrieved from

 Gatt, M. (2007) Communication through technology: Enabling Participation for Maltese Children with Learning Disabilities (Master’s thesis). University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. back to top


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Last Updated: 01/03/2016