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Child Speech Disorders

Research Topic: 
Behavior Intervention
Nancy Scherer

The Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Laboratory focuses on early development and intervention for children with cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Children with cleft palate and craniofacial conditions often show delays in the early speech and language development due to the abnormalities in their speech mechanism. The projects currently underway include a) assessing the effectiveness of early intervention on speech and language development, b) methods for training parents in early intervention, and c) evaluating speech and language intervention service delivery models in rural and international contexts. We are just beginning a project with University of Sao Paulo Brazil and Centrino Hospital for Craniofacial Anomalies to adapt an evidence-based intervention for use there. Additional Information for Honors Students: Honors students can pursue projects assessing the early speech and language development of children with craniofacial conditions, testing materials used to train parents in early intervention, or developing web-based applications for intervention and parent training.

Location: COOR 3397