Autism Spectrum & Language Disorders LabWestern Health Sciences

Current Studies

  1. Using event related brain potentials (ERP) to examine maturation of auditory processing in the cortex and how it relates to typical and atypical language development in preschool and school-aged children (Elaine Kwok, MClSc/PhD student). This work is supported by NSERC.

  2. Using psycho-behavioural computer tasks to examine auditory processing and speed of information processing in young school-aged children with typical development and language disorders (Rachael Smyth, MClSc/PhD student). This work is supported by NSERC.

  3. Investigating the relationship between language, reading, and math skills in children through a large scale epidemiological study of young students in London-Middlesex County, with Dr. Lisa Archibald (PI), and co-investigators Drs. Marc Joanisse and Daniel Ansari at Western. This work is supported by NSERC.

  4. Examining the impact of play-based, parent-coaching interventions on communication outcomes in children with ASD (Amanda Binns, PhD student).

  5. Investigating the language development of children enrolled in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program (Olivia Daub, MClSc/PhD student), in collaboration with Dr. Susan Scollie (PI) and Dr. Marlene Bagatto at Western's National Centre for Audiology. This work is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

  6. Validating the LittlEars Speech Production Questionnaire in English-speaking children with normal hearing, in collaboration with Dr. Marlene Bagatto and Olivia Daub (MClSc/PhD student). This work is funded by Med-El.

  7. Evaluating the effectiveness of language interventions delivered to young children through the tykeTalk program in Western's H A Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic, in collaboration with Kim Spylo (SLP), Katie Powell (SLP), Melissa McDonald (CDA), Kayla Adkin (CDA), Rachael Smyth (MClSc/PhD student), and Elaine Kwok (MClSc/PhD student).

  8. Examining cortical oscillatory activity and its relation to auditory and cognitive functions in children, with Elaine Kwok (MClSc/PhD student) and Drs. Brian Allman, Prudence Allen, and Bjorn Herrmann at Western. This work is supported by an Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Award and NSERC.