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CLL Lab Party + Congrats to our Graduating Seniors!

May 2, 2024

As the 2023-24 school year wrapped up, we gathered to celebrate another great year at the CLL and commemorate our four graduating seniors: Liz Sahagun (with us since 2021), Yasmin Andalib (with us since 2022), Lindsey Gaspard (with us since 2022), and Kylie Robinshaw (with us since 2023).

Left to right: Lindsey Gaspard, Yasmin Andalib, Letty Naigles, Kylie Robinshaw, Liz Sahagun
Left to right: Letty Naigles, Kaya LeGrand, Yasmin Andalib, Lindsey Gaspard, Nolyette Verastegui, Sarah Courtney, Liz Sahagun, Kayleigh Gerrity, Kylie Robinshaw
Left to right: Grace Corrigan, Kaya LeGrand, Yasmin Andalib, Lindsey Gaspard, Nolyette Verastegui, Sarah Courtney, Liz Sahagun, Kayleigh Gerrity, Kylie Robinshaw

We also got one final group photo with Cynthia and Grace, both of whom will be leaving UConn in August for their next steps.

Left to right: Cynthia Boo, Letty Naigles, Lindsey Gaspard, Grace Corrigan, Liz Sahagun, Kylie Robinshaw, Yasmin Andalib, Nolyette Verastegui, Kaya LeGrand, Kayleigh Gerrity, Sarah Courtney

CLL Has Terrific Time at Langfest 2024!

April 26, 2024

April 24 saw another meeting of the annual UConn Language Fest, or “Langfest,” taking place in Konover Auditorium and the Bousfield Psychology atrium, with cross-disciplinary researchers convening to discuss what we all love: language. This year, Langfest (organized in part by CLL’s Kaya LeGrand) featured a graduate student symposium, a data blitz that included CLL’s Kylie Robinshaw & Grace Corrigan, and a poster session (pictures below). There was also the ever-lauded Langfest sundae bar…

Doctoral candidate Cynthia Boo presents her poster, “Variation in autism and ADHD symptomatology reveals differential use of discourse markers.”
Kylie Robinshaw (’24) presents her poster, “Gender differences in linguistic measures among three-year-olds with ASD.”
Yasmin Andalib (honors ’24) presents her poster, “Narrative macrostructure: A comparison between autistic and typically developing adolescents.”
Lab coordinator Grace Corrigan presents her poster, “Relationships between alignment and cooperative task performance in autistic and neurotypical teenager-caregiver dyads.”

CLL Projects Presented at Spring Frontiers 2024

April 18, 2024

The 27th annual spring Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Exhibition was held on April 12-13, and CLL seniors Yasmin Andalib and Kylie Robinshaw had the chance to present their respective research projects. Thanks to grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research, both Yasmin and Kylie were able to travel to Durham, NC to present their research at the Meeting on Language in Autism (MoLA). Now, at Frontiers, the UConn community got to learn about Yasmin and Kylie’s projects too!

Yasmin presents her honors thesis research, “Narrative macrostructure: A comparison between autistic and typically developing adolescents.”
Kylie presents her independent research project, “Gender differences in linguistic measures among three-year-olds with ASD.”

Letty in Brazil!

April 11, 2024

In the week following MoLA, Letty spent time in São Paulo and Florianópolis, Brazil, to scout out a potential venue for the 2027 meeting of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). While there, she gave talks at the University of São Paulo and the Universidade Federale de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina), explored the beautiful scenery in both cities, and enjoyed delicious Brazilian food. Thank you to the locals who made her feel so welcome in Brazil!

 

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CLL attends the 2024 Meeting on Language in Autism (MoLA)

March 20, 2024

Six members of the Child Language Lab had the privilege of attending the 2024 Meeting on Language in Autism, held at Duke University from March 14-16. We also met up with former lab member Dr. Lee Tecoulesco, now doing his postdoc at Boys Town Research Hospital.

Left to right: Kaya LeGrand, Grace Corrigan, Yasmin Andalib, Lee Tecoulesco, Letty Naigles, Cynthia Boo, Kylie Robinshaw.

In the thick of her dissertation data collection and writing, our fifth-year graduate student Cynthia Boo presented a poster based on findings from her ongoing collaboration with the UC Davis MIND Institute: specifically, group differences in discourse marker production among children with ASD, children with ADHD, and children with co-occurring ASD and ADHD. Furthermore, our 3rd-year graduate student, Kaya LeGrand, was invited to give a talk on some of the research she did for her masters thesis: an examination of longitudinal verb acquisition trajectories from LSEL Visits 1-6.

Kaya LeGrand presents her talk, “Longitudinal analysis of verb production in autism spectrum disorder.”

Thanks in part to travel grants from the UConn Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), we were able to bring undergraduates Yasmin Andalib (’24) and Kylie Robinshaw (’24), both of whom presented posters.

Yasmin’s honors thesis analyzes the narrative macrostructure of our teen and young adult participants’ personal narratives and their storytelling from the book Tuesday by David Wiesner.

Yasmin Andalib presents her poster, “Narrative macrostructure: A comparison between autistic and typically developing adolescents.”

Kylie’s independent project utilizes data from the UC Davis MIND Institute and examines sex differences in the linguistic markers produced by three-year-old children on the autism spectrum.

Kylie Robinshaw presents her poster, “Gender differences in linguistic measures among three-year-olds with ASD.”

Lab coordinator Grace Corrigan presented two posters based on the projects she has been working on over the last year: close phonological transcription of LSEL participants at Visit 2, and examination of child-to-caregiver linguistic alignment at Visit 9.

Grace Corrigan presents her poster, “Differential phonological profiles of typically developing toddlers, low-verbal toddlers with ASD, and middle-verbal toddlers with ASD.”
Grace Corrigan presents her poster, “Relationships between alignment and cooperative task performance in autistic and neurotypical teenager-caregiver dyads.”

Travel funding awarded to Cynthia Boo!

March 4, 2024

CLL doctoral candidate Cynthia Boo received not one but two travel grants to support her attendance at this year’s Meeting on Language in Autism (MoLA) in Durham, NC. The UConn Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) gave her a Travel Award, and she received additional funding in the form of the Psychological Sciences Departmental Award. Congratulations to Cynthia for the hard work and excellent research that led to her being granted these funds!

CLL Seniors Awarded OUR Travel Grant

February 12, 2024

Two CLL members, Yasmin Andalib (’24) and Kylie Robinshaw (’24), each received a travel grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) to fund their attendance (including poster presentations!) at the upcoming Meeting on Language in Autism (MoLA) in Durham, NC. Yasmin and Kylie will also present their research at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Exhibition on April 12-13.

Thanks to OUR for making this trip possible for our talented seniors!

CLL Well-Represented at Halloween Spooktacular 2023

November 3, 2023

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov 1, CLL members Cynthia Boo and Grace Corrigan wore costumes and presented posters at the Psychological Sciences Halloween SPOOKtacular event. Cynthia walked away with the Best Student Costume award for her picture-perfect portrayal of Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Grace took home the Best Graduate Poster award for her poster, “Children with ASD improve categorical induction performance over time.” Congratulations to Cynthia and Grace for their awards!