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September 27  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Nick Feroce, M.A., Linguistics, Ph.D. student, Examining individual difference in the processing of referential dependencies in Spanish: an ERP investigation

September 29 3-4PM Fairway Conference Room, KU Clinical Research Center, Zheng Wang, Ph.D., Postural control in autism and Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) premutation carriers 

September 29 - Oct.1  Catch Me if You Can (co-produced by Assistive Technology for Kansans)

October 4  Division for Early Childhood Conference 2017

October 4  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Tifani Biro, Ph.D. student, Speech-Language-Hearing, Improving task engagement while studying linguistic phenomena

October 11  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Erin Andres, Ph.D. student, Child Language, Investigation of rare genetic variants in SLI families

October 18  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Annie Olmstead, Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing, Research Technician, Exposure to native language dialectal variants aids phonetic learning

October 25  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Teresa Girolamo, Joshua Alison-Burbank, Brittany Williams, Ph.D. students, Diversity Panel, Our voices count and out story matters: An open discussion of multicultural experiences at KU

November 1  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Shelley Bredin-Oja, Ph.D., SLP-CCC, researcher in the Fragile X Lab, Language dysfluencies as a measure of executive function in mothers with the FMR1 premutation: A longitudinal study

November 1-3   Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

November 15  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Charles Redmon, Ph.D. student, Linguistics, Quantifying distributed acoustic information in the lexicon through simulations on a weighted phonological network

November 29  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Lindsay Williams, M.A. SLP-CCC, Ph.D. student, Child Language, Vocalization behavior in infants at risk for developing autism: A comparison study




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The Power of Parenting


Beginning in 1995 with the seminal study of vocabulary development by Betty Hart and Todd Risley that revealed a 30 million word gap in what children from the least and more advantaged homes heard by age 3, Life Span Institute researchers have investigated the power of parenting. Most recently, researchers Steven Warren and Nancy Brady published the results of another milestone study: this time a unique longitudinal study of families whose children (and in some cases, the mothers themselves) have Fragile X. Read More

The Brain-Computer Interface

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A brain-computer interface could unlock minds silenced by stroke and ALS.

Not even Stephen Hawking uses the kind of sci-fi communication interface that University of Kansas neuroscientist Jonathan Brumberg is developing. Hawking uses a cheek muscle to control his voice device. But Brumberg wants to give individuals with no voluntary movement at all the ability to control a communication device via a brain-computer (BCI) interface—with their thoughts alone. And what would set this apart from other speech BCIs is that it would allow an individual to speak through a speech synthesizer in real time.  Read More

Redefining school inclusion and taking it national

The aptly named SWIFT Education Center (School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation), funded by one of the largest grants in KU history of $24 million, is rapidly hitting its goals across the country. Read More

Teaching teachers to manage classrooms

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What if a teacher could manage a class like clockwork—including those students with challenging behaviors—and even when teaching tough lessons? That’s the way CW-FIT works. Read More

Putting students in charge of themselves with I-Connect

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Howard Wills is putting high school students with emotional and behavioral problems in charge of themselves. Wills directed the development of a web-based application called called I-Connect. Read More