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SCSU researchers looking for underlying communication difficulties among those with autism
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Researchers at Southern Connecticut State University are excited about a new study that they said they believe will give parents and doctors more insight into what goes on inside of an autistic child's brain. The three-step study starts with cognitive and language testing, and then the child goes to Haskins Laboratories at Yale University.
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The sounds that bind us

“Haskins brings together neuroscientists, psychologists, linguists and engineers from across the world to understand human language. It’s not an easy task. Haskins must draw from many disciplines — speech is not simply a sound. It’s intertwined with the faces we see, the words we read, the ways we move our mouths. Haskins isn’t just about silence in a walled-off room of cones. . . . It’s about words, spoken and written. It’s about connection and communication, and about the moments when these connections crack."
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Study Aims to Find Source of Childhood Autism Language Problems

“This study could be transformative in terms of what we learn about autism spectrum disorders and for intervention for speech language programs,” said Julia Irwin, associate professor of psychology and the lead investigator for the project, a partnership between Southern Connecticut State University and Haskins Laboratories.
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Study focused on improving communication skills of children with autism

Thomas Vergara was among the first to participate in the Listening to Faces study where they are focused on improving communication skills for children like Thomas who are on the autism spectrum.
SCSU Associate Professor of Psychology and Haskins Senior Scientist Julia Irwin is the lead investigator.
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Haskins Senior Scientist and SCSU Associate Professor Julia Irwin explains study focused on improving communication skills of children with autism

NEW HAVEN >> With his eyes tightly shut, Jerren Farrison sat while a net with dozens of electrodes was fitted over his head and face. What must be a somewhat intimidating-looking net in the eyes of a 6-year-old will report out which parts of Jerren’s brain is working and when it is during different activities.
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Watch an NBC Universal Interview with Haskins Senior Scientists Jonathan Preston and Jessica Whittle: Using ultrasound to help kids with speech problems.

Dr. Elpis Pavlidou at EURAXESS SCIENCE SLAM NORTH AMERICA 2014, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON, Canada, 22 October 2014. Slam Title: ‘The Little Spie and the Hidden Word’ .

Julia Irwin
Watch an NBC Universal Interview with Haskins Senior Scientist Julia Irwin on Toddlers and Tablets.

Julia Irwin and Dina Moore
The book, Preparing Children for Reading Success: Hands-On Activities for Librarians, Educators, and Caregivers by Haskins Senior Scientist Julia Irwin and Southern Connecticut State University Assistant Professor Dina Moore, is now available at Amazon.

The book will not only familiarize anyone who reads to young children with the essentials of promoting early and emerging literacy, but also contains more than 25 ready-to-go activities that can be immediately used to foster this critical skill development. « Read more »

Christine Shadle
Christine Shadle, Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories has been elected to the Executive Council of the Acoustical Society of America for a three-year term, 2014-2017.

Her research concerns the acoustics of speech production. She has been an Associate Editor of Speech Production for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America since 2006.

Vocal Fry
Haskins Scientist Christian DiCanio discusses “vocal fry” with Business Insider.

Many linguistic studies intending to compare opinions on a type of speech will alter human voices electronically, Christian DiCanio, a researcher at Haskin Laboratories at Yale University, told Business Insider.
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Philip Rubin
New Haven lab trying ultrasound therapy to treat speech disorders

A New Haven, Connecticut based company is trialing the use of ultra-sound to see if it can improve and speed up a patient’s ability to see as well as hear their speech during therapy sessions.

Haskins Laboratories, a speech and language organization, is the only laboratory in New England carrying out this clinical research and just one of ten organizations across the U.S. looking at ultra-sound.
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child reading
Levels of key brain chemicals predict children’s reading ability
New Haven, Conn. – Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Ken Pugh
The Science of Speech

Haskins President and Director of Research Kenneth Pugh says researchers there have done extensive work on reading and writing development with a significant focus on dyslexia. He is often cited as an early user of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which can visually represent the brain activity that takes place during different cognitive tasks.
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Ken Stevens
RLE Remembers Professor Ken Stevens
He made many significant contributions to speech research, with some of the most highly cited articles in the field. His book, Acoustic Phonetics, is a touchstone for the analysis of the speech signal. He was very active in the Acoustical Society of America -- serving as President, and receiving the Silver Medal in Speech, and Gold Medal -- and heading the Speech Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, supervising numerous graduate and post-doctoral students. At Haskins Laboratories, we were fortunate to have him serve on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005.
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David Ostrys
Researchers Unlock the "Sound of Learning" by Linking Sensory and Motor Systems

Learning to talk also changes the way speech sounds are heard, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research laboratory. The findings could have a major impact on improving speech disorders.
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