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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
 
 
 
Child Language Lab
   
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About the Child Language Lab

The USA Child Language Lab supports research in language development and process for children who are typically developing or language impaired. We are interested in language development for infants through school-aged children.

If you are a parent interested in allowing your child to participate in research, please contact us.

If you are a student interested in helping with research, contact Dr. Brenda Beverly or Dr. Julie Estis.



Current Projects
  • Disambiguation by Children with Specific Language Impairment: The Effects of Word and Context Factors

    • Children ages 3 years to 6 years, 11 months.
    • A disambiguation study looks at how a child interprets a speaker's intended use of a word.
    • The purpose of the research is to test word and context factors that affect the way children learn names of objects. The information gained by this investigation can lead to a better understanding of how language is learned and how to help children who have difficulties with language.
    • Please contact Lori Foran at (251) 445-9392 for further information.
    • IRB Consent Form
    • Disambiguation Research Interest Form
    • Child and Family History Questionaire
    • IRB Fact Sheet



  • Gesture Profiles Related to Language during Mathematical Problem Solving by Young Children
    • Children ages 3 years to 5 years, 11 months.
    • As a pilot study, the purpose of this investigation is collect data on the spontaneous hand gestures of typically developing children as they verbally explain solution strategies to mathematical problems in the domains of counting, arithmetic, measurement comparison, early geometry concepts, and preliminary fraction operations. The results of this pilot study may provide foundational understanding of the role of gesture in early mathematics learning. The implications of this research may positively impact mathematics learning by both children who are typically developing and those who have language impairments.
    • Please contact Lori Foran at (251) 445-9392 for further information.
    • Parent Letter
    • Research Interest Form
    • IRB-Approved Consent Form



Recent Projects
  • The Effect of Morphosyntactic Cues on Toddlers' Verb Comprehension

    • Children ages 18 months to 24 months.
    • A "Looking while Listening" paradigm is used to assess children's comprehension of action words. Toddlers are seated on their parents' laps while viewing side-by-side video clips of children performing actions.
    • Sentences are presented with various verb endings - verbs have either the grammatical ending (-ing), an ungrammatical ending (-est), or a nonsense ending (-il). Eye gaze toward the target action video is assessed to determine the children's comprehension.


  • Deictic and Representational Gestures in the Service of Fast Mapping for Typically Developing Toddlers

    • Children ages 16 months to 28 months.
    • The purpose of the research is to examine the effects of adult gestural input on the ability of children to learn new words.
    • Several familiar and unfamiliar objects will be presented to children along with words and gestures associated with the objects. The investigator will check to see that children learned the name of the objects by asking children to retrieve the named objects and also state the name of the objects.




  • Communicative Outcomes of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Following a Parent-Implemented Therapy Program

    • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3;0 to 7;11.
    • The purpose of this study is to help speech therapists, psychologists, and other autism specialists to determine if Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an efficient and effective therapy program for increasing the language of children with autism.
    • Children whom are suspected of having autism with language delay and challenging behaviors will be tested at the USA Speech and Hearing Center through the use of naturalistic play and standardized tests that use pictures and toys.
    • The child with autism spectrum disorder and one of their parents will participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at the USA Psychological Clinic, where parents are trained by professionals to implement strategies that help decrease child challenging behaviors.



Collaborations


Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Brenda L. Beverly
  • Dr. Julie M. Estis
  • Ph.D. Students
    • Lori Foran
  • Graduate Students
    • Kelley Byerley
    • Kelsey Cook
    • Kate Darnall
  • Lab Alumni
    • Dr. Keri Buck
    • Dr. Lisa Ard


Contact Us

  • Child Language Lab
  • University of South Alabama
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology
    1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North
    Mobile, AL 36688-0002
    Phone: 251-445-9378
    childlanguagelab@southalabama.edu


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Airport Blvd:
• Take University Blvd north (right if you are coming from I-65) and as you cross Old Shell Rd, you will see the campus on your left.
• At the third traffic light, turn left on USA North Drive and the Health Sciences Building will be the building at the intersection on the left. From the parking lot at back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle.

From Springhill Ave/Moffett Rd/ Zeigler Blvd:
• Take University Blvd south and the first part of the University you pass will be the USA Research Park on the right, including a traffic light at the entrance.
• The next traffic light to the right is USA North Drive, and the Health Sciences Building is the large building at the intersection of USA North and University Blvd located on the right. From the parking lot in the back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle.


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University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology