Dr Kan's research focuses on language learning in children who learn one language (L1) at home from birth and start to learn a second language (L2) during childhood. Her current projects explore two main areas in developing children: (1) the contribution of bilingual and bicultural experience to the development of cognitive and linguistic skills and (2) the dynamic relationship between the existing cognitive-linguistic system and the new linguistic knowledge. Currently she is working on a research project examining the language skills in Cantonese-English bilingual children from six Head Start centers in San Francisco, CA. The results of this project will serve as a baseline for identifying sequential bilingual children who have language disorders.
Bilingualism, Child language development, Language Disorders
SLHS 4502 - Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Provides students with an introductory understanding of the causes, characteristics, assessment and treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders in children and adults. Examines a variety of disorders including specific language impairment, learning disabilities, and language and cognitive disorders due to brain damage. Considers the challenge of identifying language disorders in children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
SLHS 5012 - Evidence-based Practice and Research Methods
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Focuses on the knowledge of research methods and the application of research principles into clinical practice. In particular, covers quantitative research methods that are in speech-language pathology clinical settings. Will cover (1) clinical practice and research methods in speech, language and hearing sciences; (2) single-subject designs in clinical settings; (3) introduction to data collection, data organization and data analysis; (4) interpretation and presentation of clinical data. Formerly SLHS 5000.
SLHS 5352 - Bilinguals with Communication Disorders
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Covers current empirical research regarding the linguistic and cognitive system of bilinguals with and without communication disorders. Address cross-cultural and cross-linguistic issues in selection and implementation of assessment and intervention procedures. Discuss various intervention strategies for working with bilinguals and their families.