In April the CLL presented at two events during Undergraduate Research Week 2018 – On Monday, we presented two posters at the Linguistics Department Research Ice Cream Social (Above left: Audrey Snow, Grace Lundstrom (Lauren Wagner not pictured) and Alison van Alen presenting a poster on the Effects of Speaking Style and Semantic Context on Online Word Recognition in Children; Above right top: Aaron Quach presenting the same poster, and Above right bottom: Nicole practicing the CBiLLT presentation – see below for more information – for the lab members).
At the university-wide Longhorn Research Bazar that same week, Lindsay Palmer and Nicole Parson presented a project with visiting researcher Jael Bootsma from the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jael (on the far right in the picture above) is working on a pilot study translating a test that measures language comprehension in non-verbal children with low motor skills (the C-BiLLT). This clinical test is already in use in the Netherlands with children with Cerebral Palsy. It is a ground breaking test for this group of children, who may have extreme difficulties communicating but may have much higher cognitive skills than they can show. The CLL students are assisting with the translations of words and pictures, and with piloting the English version by testing typically developing English-speaking children between the ages of 1 and 7 years in Austin. (From left to right: Suzanne van der Feest, Lindsay Palmer, Nicole Parson and Jael Bootsma).