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Prosem Lecture: Examining the Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors on Communication in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
November 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Emily Lorang, M.S., CCC-SLP, Doctoral Candidate, Research in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Language Lab (PI: Audra Sterling, PhD) Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, UW-Madison
Topic: Examining the Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors on Communication in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often have significant communication challenges, which adversely impact their quality of life. Research on associations between child communication and both intrinsic factors (e.g., diagnosis, underlying physiology) and extrinsic factors (e.g., diagnosis, underlying physiology) can provide insight into appropriate intervention targets as well as explain the factors underlying distinct communication phenotypes. In this talk, I will present a series of studies investigating the role of extrinsic and intrinsic factors in understanding communication abilities in autistic children and children with fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome. Findings suggest unique communication strengths and challenges based on child diagnosis and co-occurring symptoms, and shed light on links between environmental factors and child communication. Clinical implications and future directions will be discussed.
Previous and current funding support: NIDCD (HD074346, Abbeduto; T32 DC005359, Ellis Weismer; K23 DC016639, Sterling; F31 DC018716, Lorang), NICHD (U54 HD090256, Chang), Vilas Life Cycle Award (Sterling), CAPCSD PhD Scholarship (Lorang)