Vanessa Mueller, Ph.D.
- Electronic Books for Bilingual Children – The proposed research seeks to examine ways in which the shared reading experiences of children whose first language is Spanish and who are learning English as a second language in the schools can be enhanced through the use of technology. An experimental software program will be used which is designed to expose children and their caregivers to early bilingual literacy experiences in the home environment in an attempt at enhancing literacy skills both in the families’ home language as well as in English. Additionally the effects of this experimental software will be investigated relative to:
- time spent during storybook reading in the home,
- the children’s and caregiver’s acquisition of English and Spanish vocabulary,
- children’s written story-retelling abilities.
- High Functioning Autism and AAC – The goal of this project is to ascertain whether there are any language differences produced by verbal children with high functioning autism when using augmentative communication devices. The language produced during a story retelling with a high-tech communication device, a low-tech communication device, or no communication device is analyzed in terms of the number of echolalic utterances produced, and the syntactical complexity of the utterances.
Bess Sirmon-Taylor, PhD, MS, MS, CCC-SLP
Dr. Sirmon-Taylor’s current research interests are in the management of concussion and related cognitive-communication sequelae, particularly in the area of policy and legislation. She is also working in the area of ethics education, again with an interest in regulatory policy as it relates to professional and clinical practice. She continues to have a keen interest in differential diagnosis, particularly in variations in patterns of language use as indicators of pathology.
Connie Summers, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Summers is the director of the Research in Bilingual Language Learning Lab. Her research interests include language learning in bilinguals, language assessment and language impairment in bilingual children, and effects of language of intervention. She is also actively involved in scholarly work focused on best practices in educating professionals to work with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.