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!
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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.
Cynthia recently passed her General Exams, officially becoming a doctoral candidate! AND her paper was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders!
Leo passed his dissertation defense on May 25th, bravo! His degree will be awarded in August 2022.