Over half of US children are enrolled in preschools, where the quantity and quality of language input from teachers are likely to affect children’s language development. Leveraging repeated objective measurements, we examined the rate per minute and phonemic diversity of child and teacher speech-related vocalizations in preschool classrooms and their association with children’s end-of-year receptive and expressive language abilities measured with the Preschool Language Scales (PLS-5). Read more “Objectively Measured Teacher and Preschooler Vocalizations: Phonemic Diversity is Associated with Language Abilities”
In this Developmental Science journal article, Daniel Messinger, Lynn Perry, et al., studied phonemic diversity and how it affects language development in preschool children. Their results highlighted a specific feature of the classroom language environment—phonemic diversity—as a promising correlate of children’s developing language capacities.
Vaccinating teachers and cutting class sizes in half would go a long way toward curbing the spread of COVID-19 in schools, according to a new study from the University of Miami. The study, which has been submitted for publication and is not yet peer-reviewed, lends further support to policies like vaccine requirements and physical distancing in schools. Read more “Vaccinating Teachers and Cutting Class Sizes in Half Could Help Curb COVID Spread”
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”
Can data science promote opportunity, equality, and equity? Hear from three distinguished speakers focused on research that addresses these issues. Read more “SSI Lecture Series “Gigabytes for Good” 11/1/2019″
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”