Children with hearing loss often attend inclusive preschool classrooms aimed at improving their spoken language skills. Although preschool classrooms are fertile environments for vocal interaction with peers, little is known about the dyadic processes that influence children’s speech to one another and foster their language abilities and how these processes may vary in children with hearing loss. A team of researchers from the University of Miami used new objective measurement approaches to identify and quantify children’s vocalizations during social contact, as determined by children’s proximity and mutual orientation.
This study objectively measured associations between children’s peer vocal interactions and assessed language abilities in inclusion classrooms for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their peers. All children benefited from peers talking to them, but children with ASD were less central to classroom speech networks than were typically developing children. Read more “Objectively Measured Interactions of Preschoolers With and Without Autism”
Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Newman Alumni Center (Executive Conference Room) for the 2018-2019 IDSC Fellows’ concluding project presentations. This event is free and open to interested UM Faculty/Staff/Students. Read more “IDSC Fellows Final Presentations Tuesday 4/30/2019”