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Meyers-Denman, Christina Nicole Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Meyers-Denman's research is focused on improving language treatment for children with developmental language disorders. One way to improve language treatment is to consider research on how to facilitate learning. For example, language learning has been demonstrated to improve based on the inclusion of learning principles. Some of these learning principles include: incorporating variability in training procedures, providing the appropriate level of complexity in the input from which the learner learns, and spacing learning appropriately over time in order to generate the greatest benefit to learning. Several early-stage studies in speech-language therapy demonstrate that the incorporation of these principles in a therapy context benefits learning by children with language-based disabilities or disorders. Thus, the core of Dr. Meyers-Denman's research program is to examine the language learning outcomes associated with implementing therapies that incorporate learning principles.

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  • Language learning, Language treatment, Learning principles, Child language disorders

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Teaching

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  • LING 4560 - Language Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Emphasizes acquisition of language by young children; development in later years and into adulthood is also treated. Particular attention given to roles of environment and of neurophysiological endowment in learning to communicate with words, sentences, and narratives. Same as SLHS 4560 and PSYC 4560.
  • PSYC 4560 - Language Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Examines the development of language in childhood and into adult life, emphasizing the role of environment and biological endowment in learning to communicate with words, sentences, and narratives. Recommended prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and LING 2000. Same as LING 4560 and SLHS 4560.
  • SLHS 4560 - Language Development
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Covers the development of language in childhood and into adult life, emphasizing the role of environmentand biological endowment in learning to communicate with words, sentences, and narratives. Same as LING 4560 and PSYC 4560.
  • SLHS 5555 - Advanced Topics in Social Communication: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the appropriate selection, application and evaluation of interventions for children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Evaluation and diagnosis, including development of the IFSP and IEP, will be addressed.
  • SLHS 5602 - Communication Challenges in Children: Birth to Six
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Emphasizes nature and profile of language and communication disorders affecting infants and young children. Facilitates integration of clinical and theoretical perspectives with specific approaches for family-centered assessment and intervention principles, models and techniques.

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