Celebrating Michelle Therrien’s ASHFoundation Research Grant!

2015_MTherrien_EarlyChildhoodLanguageDevelopment_Edited4WebWe are incredibly excited to celebrate the 2015 ASH Foundation Early Childhood Language Development Student Research Grant that has been awarded to PSU doctoral student, Michelle Therrien!

As part of Michelle’s doctoral dissertation project, her work will investigate the effects of intervention to enhance interactions between young children with complex communication needs and their typical peers.  She is particularly interested in teaching pre-school age children (with and without identified communication challenges), social skills strategies, and the role that visual scene displays with speech generating capabilities can play in supporting positive experiences for all involved.

The Early Childhood Language Development Student Research Grant is supported by the Arlene M. Matkin Memorial Fund.  Since it began in 1984, this is the first time research which featured AAC was recognized.

Michelle has been an active and valued member of the AAC Leadership Project since 2012.    She has also contributed on

-“A Meta-Analysis of Storybook Reading With Individuals With Complex Communication Needs Who Require AAC” (ASHA 2013), and

– “Peer Interaction for Children Who Use AAC” ( 30th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Spring 2015).

All research grant recipients will be announced and recognized at the November 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver, Colorado.

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