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Great work, Kaya!

November 21, 2022

Our impressive graduate student, Kaya LeGrand, attended the 2022 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in New Orleans from November 17-19. Kaya, who worked as a licensed speech-language pathologist before beginning her PhD program at UConn, presented her poster, “Early Verb Production in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”, at the conference. Congratulations on a successful conference visit, Kaya!

Kaya pictured with collaborator Julia Parish-Morris.
Pictured: Kaya LeGrand and collaborator Julia Parish-Morris (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).

BUCLD Plenary delivered by Dr. Letty Naigles

November 11, 2022

Numerous current and former members of the Child Language Lab headed to Boston from November 3-6 to witness Letty deliver the plenary address at the 47th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Letty’s talk, entitled “Autism Illuminates Language: Acquisition, Development, Use”, enlightened and inspired listeners. We are so proud of her!

Letty shows a slide discussing the work of Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg.
Letty describes the work of her late graduate advisor, Dr. Lila Gleitman.
Pictured (left to right): Grace Corrigan, Emma Kelty-Stephen, Leo Tecoulesco, Letty Naigles, Kaya LeGrand, Cynthia Boo, Juandiego Carmona. Not pictured: Amanda Mankovitch, Emma Nguyen.

Congratulations, Amanda!

November 1, 2022

Our fantastic graduate student Amanda Mankovich recently had her paper, “Say that again: Quantifying patterns of production for children with autism using recurrence analysis”, published in Frontiers in Psychology. Congratulations, Amanda!

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Lab Hike 8/12/2022

August 15, 2022

Last Friday, the team took advantage of the beautiful weather and hiked on Soapstone Mountain. It was our last chance to be in-person for quite some time, as Dr. Naigles is about to depart on a multi-week trip to Denmark and Switzerland as part of her sabbatical. Additionally, it was our last chance to say goodbye to Juandiego Carmona, our former lab coordinator, who will be starting his PhD this fall at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. We are going to miss Juandiego but are so proud of him and hope he has an amazing time in NYC!

Photo of all current lab members standing atop the lookout tower on Soapstone Mountain.
Left to right: Sarah, Cynthia, Dr. Naigles, Amanda, Julia, Grace, Kaya, Hugo (dog). Photo taken by Juandiego.
Selfie of Juandiego and all current lab members, taken on the lookout tower at Soapstone Mountain.
Left to right: Juandiego, Amanda, Sarah, Cynthia, Dr. Naigles, Julia, Grace, Kaya.












Reunited in-person!

July 29, 2022

Yesterday, we held a fully in-person Grad Lab meeting for the first time since our new personnel (lab coordinator Grace, honors student Julia, and McNair Scholar Sarah) joined the lab in June. It was great getting to see everyone in real life, albeit masked. We discussed upcoming conferences, trainings, and projects, then took a group photo* at the end. Next up: our team-building group hike in a few weeks!

*All members are fully vaccinated and were only unmasked for the duration of the photo.

CLL members in a group photo, unmasked and smiling.
Left to right: Grace, Amanda, Kaya, Cynthia, Dr. Naigles, Julia, Jaydel, Sarah

Sarah’s McNair research presentation!

July 27, 2022

Our incredible undergraduate McNair Scholar Sarah presented her research poster, “Child Vocalization Development Coded Through the International Phonetic Alphabet: A comparison of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children,” at the 10th Annual McNair Scholars Summer Poster Exhibit today! Sarah spent her summer transcribing typically developing and autistic low- and middle-verbal participants’ vocalizations into the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), then analyzing differences in usage of consonant and vowel types and tokens between the three groups. She will be building on her summer research as she enters her senior year and is considering adding phoneme elongation as a variable of interest. We are so proud of what Sarah has achieved and can’t wait to see what she does next!

Cynthia, Sarah, and Dr. Naigles standing next to Sarah's poster.
Left to right: Cynthia, Sarah, and Dr. Naigles with Sarah’s poster.
Sarah standing next to her McNair poster.
Sarah and her McNair poster.

Welcome Grace!

June 24, 2022

Our lab is excited to announce the arrival of a new lab coordinator, Grace Corrigan, coming all the way from California! Grace recently graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California, where she received a B.A. in Psychology with Honors and minored in Linguistics.

Grace in her graduation cap and gown
Grace at her Scripps graduation in May 2022

Congratulations Cynthia!

Cynthia recently passed her General Exams, officially becoming a doctoral candidate! AND her paper was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders!

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Congratulations Leo!

June 7, 2022

Leo passed his dissertation defense on May 25th, bravo! His degree will be awarded in August 2022.