Early Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Hearing Loss (ELLA)
The purpose of the ELLA study is to identify early predictors of difficulties with reading and writing for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. We currently focus on preschool oral language, phonological processing, and print knowledge, as well as audiologic characteristics, as predictors of elementary school reading and writing.
The ELLA Study is funded by the National Institutes of Health: R03DC014535, R01DC017173
Developing the School-Age Language Screening Assessment (SALSA)
The purpose of this study is to develop a valid, reliable, quick measure to identify children in grades 2 through 4 who should be referred for a speech-language assessment. Children with developmental language disorder are often not diagnosed, and therefore do not receive intervention. With a reliable screening measure, more children should have the opportunity to receive appropriate services for their language difficulties.