Child Language Lab
Dept. of Speech Pathology & Audiology

Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions







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, bbeverly@southalabama.edu

You can also find us on Facebook: Child Language Lab at the University of South Alabama

Projects
  • Project TIPP - Presenting at ASHA!
      • Project TIPP: Team-based Interprofessional Personnel Preparation held a one-day workshop in June 2017 attended by USA graduate students from four disciplines and dozens of practicing professionals. TIPP is an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Donna Wooster, Chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Dr. Brenda Beverly, Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and Audiology, focused on improving the quality of services for persons with autism spectrum disorders. Speakers and topics for this 2nd annual workshop included Dr. Kimberly Zlomke on behavioral supports, Dr. Bridget Hannahan on educational supports, and Dr. Donna Wooster on self-regulation. A highlight of this year’s program was a talk presented by a high school age boy with autism spectrum disorder. Drs. Beverly and Wooster will be presenting the initial outcomes from Project TIPP, which includes an interprofessional online course, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2017 Annual Convention and in a published report in the Journal of Allied Health

  • PCIT - Parent Child Interaction Therapy
      • Dongyin Mei, a PhD candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Dr. Brenda Beverly, Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin in June 2017 to present at the 38th annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders. Their research poster with co-author, Dr. Kimberly Zlomke from the Department of Psychology was titled: Parent-child interaction therapy and language gains for children with autism spectrum disorder

    Additional Projects...
  • Instructional Styles
  • Social Skills Group
  • Disambiguation by Children with Specific Language Impairment: The Effects of Word and Context Factor

Collaborations


Lab Members




 Dr. Brenda Beverly
  • Dr. Beverly is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Alabama and is a charter member of the Child Language Lab.

  • "My favorite childhood book was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett AND those hardback elementary school biographies about women – Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Bartlett, Juliet Lowe, Harriet Tubman, Anne Sullivan, Wilma Rudolph, etc.etc."

  • For more information about Dr. Beverly and her education and publications, please click here.



 Dr. Julie Estis
  • Dr. Estis is also an Associate Professor, who now serves as the Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan at USA. She is a charter member of the Child Language Lab. To learn more about her research and her work with team-based learning (TBL), contact her at: jestis@southalabama.edu

  • "My Favorite Childhood book is Hooper Humperdink, not Him by Dr. Seuss."






 Dongyin Mei
  • Dongyin is a doctoral student seeking a Ph.D in Speech and Hearing Science. She is from Southwest China and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

  • When asked about her favorite childhood book she said, "I have really loved reading Arthur books since coming to America!"



Katelyn McCarthy

  • Katelyn is a graduate student pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University. 
  • Katelyn says her favorite childhood book is The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborn.
Catherine Clark
  • Catherine is a graduate student pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy University.
  • Catherine's favorite childhood book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. 
Emily Shelton
  • Emily is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Science at USA.
  • Emily says her favorite childhood book is the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. 
Hope Fulton
  • Hope is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Speech and Hearing Science at USA.
  • Hope's favorite childhood books is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. 



Lab Alumni

Dr. Lori Foran     
Dr. Lisa Ard      
Dr. Keri Buck      
Elizabeth Wesson