Dr. Rachel M. Theodore receives NIH/NIDCD Early Career Research Award (R21)

Dr. Rachel M. Theodore, director of the SLaP Lab, has received a 3-year grant from the NIH NIDCD to examine phonetic category structure in individuals with and without specific language impairment (LI). LI is a common child learning disorder that can persist into adulthood and puts individuals at risk for other disabilities including learning disability, reading disability, and failure to thrive in academic environments. Her research will use fMRI neuroimaging and behavioral methods to compare phonetic category structure in individuals with and without LI with respect to (1) how phonetic category structure is represented in the brain and (2) how phonetic category structure is dynamically modified as a consequence of exposure to phonetic variation. These findings will result in improved specification of the etiology of LI, which can be used to develop more targeted rehabilitation protocols. The title of the grant is “Determinants of phonetic category structure in language impairment.”

Au.D. Student Olivia Dewald elected to SAA Board of Directors

Second year Au.D. graduate student Olivia Dewald was recently elected was serve on the National Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large from July 2017 – June 2018. She will be in charge of a national SAA committee as well as regional representative for several SAA chapters in the country.

Congratulations, Olivia!

UConn Aphasia Choir

The UConn aphasia group choir performed for the fist time this summer.  It was great for language elicitation and fun for all of us!  Grad students interested in aphasia are welcome to join us as we prepare for a holiday performance.  Rehearsals start at 5:00 PM on alternate Fridays starting today, Sept. 16..  Feel free to drop by to rehearse when you can.  Mark your calendars for our performance on December 9th at 3:30 PM at St. Mark’s Church here on campus.

See a sample of our small summer performance here http://aphasia-rehab.slhs.uconn.edu/uconn-aphasia-group/aphasia-group-choir-summer-2016-short/ (1 min) or here https://youtu.be/ay8z9eT5Opo

Visit The Aphasia Rehab Lab (link to http://aphasia-rehab.slhs.uconn.edu/) for more information on rehabilitation research and UConn aphasia groups.