ASHA 2017 Presentations by PSU Faculty and Students


 ASHA 2017 logoPenn State faculty and students will present on 25 AAC research studies at the ASHA 2017 Convention in Los Angeles, California. The scheduled presentation times are listed below. Links to downloads of presentations and/or handouts will be uploaded as they become available.


Thursday: November 9, 2017

• Family Involvement as a Must-Have Component of AAC Practice & Research Throughout the Lifespan (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM) – Melanie Fried-Oken, Kathryn Drager  

• Impact of a Peer Training on Judgments of Communication from Middle-School Students With Multiple Disabilities  Impact of a Peer Training on Judgments of Communication from Middle-School Students With Multiple Disabilities (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM) – Christine Holyfield, Janice Light, Kathryn Drager, David McNaughton, Jessica Gormley 

• Teaching PECS Communication Partners: A Review of the Literature (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM) – Ashley McCoy, David McNaughton

• Effects of Interventions that Include Partner Use of Aided AAC: A Meta-Analysis (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM) – Tara O’Neill, Janice Light, Lauramarie Pope

• Earlier Intervention for Nonspeaking Children With Complex Communication Needs (12:00 PM- 12:30 PM) – Beth E. Davidoff, Janice Light 

• Family Leisure as a Context to Support Communication for Children With ASD: Case Study (1:30 PM- 3:00 PM) – Tara O’Neill, Kelsey Mandak, Margaret Kjelgaard, Krista Wilkinson

• Effects of Literacy Interventions on Single-Word Reading for Individuals Who Use AAC: A Systematic Review (5:00 PM- 6:30 PM) – Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light

Friday: November 10, 2017

• Effects of an AAC Intervention on Intentional Communication of Adult Beginning Communicators with ASD (9:00 AM- 10:30 AM) – Laura Richardson, Kathryn Drager

“Literacy is the Most Functional Life Skill”: The Provision of Adapted Literacy Instruction by SLPS (9:00 AM- 10:30 AM) – Jessica Caron, Nora Eskin, David McNaughton, Emily Curtin, Selena Babb, Christine Holyfield, Rachel Weintraub

Complex Communication Needs in Inpatient Rehabilitation: Perspectives from Online Focus Groups of SLPs (10:30 AM- 12:00 PM) – Jessica Gormley, Janice Light

The Effects of Navigation Menu Location on Eye Gaze Fixation Patterns Within Visual Scene Displays (10:30 AM- 11:00 AM) – Tara O’Neill, Krista Wilkinson, Janice Light, Caroline Fehr

Family-Centered Services for Children with ASD & Limited Speech: The Perspectives of Parents & SLPs (11:00 AM- 11:30 AM) – Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light

• Background Color Cues Do Not Facilitate Attention to Single Symbols by Individuals With Down Syndrome (12:30 PM- 2:00 PM) – Krista Wilkinson, Amelia Weiss

• Mothers’ Language Input to Young Children with ASD and Limited or No Speech: Lexical Characteristics (2:00 PM- 2:30 PM) – Beth E. Davidoff, Janice Light 

• Relocation Impacts on Service & Family Members for Military Families With Children With Disabilities (2:00 PM- 3:30 PM) –  Jennifer Kremkow, Emily Binder, Erinn Finke

Visual Scene Displays with Dynamic Text: Effects on Word Reading for Preschoolers with ASD (3:30 PM- 4:00 PM) – Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light, David McNaughton

• An Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment Checklist for School Teams (3:30 PM- 4:30 PM) – Julia Karnezos, Janice Light

Saturday: November 11, 2017

• Visual-Perceptual Features Influence Eye-Hand Coupling by Individuals With Typical Development: Implications for AAC Designs (8:00 AM- 9:30 AM) – Jiali Liang, Krista Wilkinson, Robert Sainburg

It’s a Lot of Trial and Error: Experiences of Paraeducators Supporting Individuals Who Use AAC (9:30 AM- 11:00 AM) – Nora Eskin, Jessica Caron 

• Perspective & Experiences of Caregivers of Children With Communication Needs in Early Intervention (9:30 AM- 11:00 AM) – Laura Richardson, Kathryn Drager

• Applying Family Systems Theory to Autism Spectrum Disorder (9:30 AM- 11:00 AM) – Margaret Kjelgaard, Kelsey Mandak, Tara O’Neill, Krista Wilkinson 

• To Haiti & Back: Addressing Complex Communication Needs in Extreme Poverty (11:00 AM- 12:30 PM) – Jessica Gormley

• Effects of Caregiver Training on an Aided Language Stimulation Program Using Speech-Generating Devices (12:30 PM- 2:00 PM) – Melissa Hoy, Kenneth Simpson, Kathryn Drager

•  Augmentative & Alternative Communication Intervention Efficacy for Adolescents & Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder  (12:30 PM- 2:00 PM) – Christine Holyfield, Kathryn Drager, Jennifer Kemkow, Janice Light

Optimizing AAC Display Design for Individuals With Developmental or Acquired Disabilities: Contributions of Eyetracking Research (1:00 PM- 2:00 PM) – Krista Wilkinson, Tara O’Neill, Amber Thiessen, Janice Light, Amelia Weiss, Jiali Liang, Caroline Fehr, Jessica Spencer

 LA Convention Center

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