Doctoral students at PSU have recently had a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their developing competencies in research methods, personnel preparation, policy and professional issues in SLP, research and evidence-based practices for high need children who require AAC, leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The 2013 Pennsylvania Speech Hearing Association Convention (PSHA), focused on “Capitalizing on Clinical Excellence” (April 3-6, Harrisburg PA).
Laura Richardson (pictured at left) presented an interactive poster session describing research to-date towards “Augmentative and Alternative Communication For Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The research is discussed in relation to current literature on aided modeling, beginning communicators, “later intervention” for adults with developmental disabilities, and social interaction interventions for individuals with ASD. [Poster]
April Yorke held a seminar session for pediatric SLPs to discuss “Newborn Screenings: Preventing Disabilities, One Foot at a Time”.
Nimisha Muttiah put forward her research on on special education services in three provinces of Sri Lanka, titled “Parents’ Perspectives on Special Education Services in Sri Lanka.”
Megan Tobin discussed community participation, living, and recreation outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in “Adults With Autism: A Systematic Review of Community Participation Outcomes.”