Undergraduate student Rachel DiNaso is conducting research through the ARES program.  Her research looks at the effect of activity type and environment on language for children with suspected speech and languages delays over time.  By using LENA (a small recording device that the child wears), Rachel will be able to record each child and analyze the number of child vocalizations, conversational turns, and adult word counts across a ten hour day.  In the spring of 2015, another student, Kelsey Glavee, collected data using the same methods from the same sample of children with suspected speech and language delays.  Rachel plans to compare Kelsey’s results to her own in order to see how the children’s language has changed over time, as well as how their language enriched environment, facilitated by teachers and caregivers, has changed over time.

Additionally, Megan Hirsch & Michelle McKay are two undergraduate students who are conducting separate research in the CFCP Lab under the direction of Dr. Juliet Weinhold.  Megan is a junior majoring in speech and hearing science and minoring in psychology.  She is currently  studying the typical articulation of /r/ in adults.  By gathering data from ultrasound images and acoustic analysis, as shown by signal processing, she hopes to be able to find correlations between tongue shape and acoustic output for /r/.  Michelle is a senior completing research for her Barrett Honors Thesis.  She is looking at how swallowing patterns change with the implementation of specific therapeutic interventions which overlap between the feeding therapy profession and the myofunctional therapy profession. She is using ultrasound to measure changes to the swallowing pattern in order to look at potential changes related to the interventions.

Below is an image of Megan collecting data from a test subject.

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