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October 25  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Teresa Girolamo, Joshua Alison-Burbank, Brittany Williams, Ph.D. students, Diversity Panel, Our voices count and out story matters: An open discussion of multicultural experiences at KU

October 27  2:30-3:30 p.m. K-CART Seminar Series: Leann Smith DaWalt, Ph.D. from the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with ASD, KU Memorial Union, Jayhawk Room (5th floor) at the University of Kansas, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045. 

November 1  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Shelley Bredin-Oja, Ph.D., SLP-CCC, researcher in the Fragile X Lab, Language dysfluencies as a measure of executive function in mothers with the FMR1 premutation: A longitudinal study

November 1-3   Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

November 15  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Charles Redmon, Ph.D. student, Linguistics, Quantifying distributed acoustic information in the lexicon through simulations on a weighted phonological network

November 17  3-4 p.m. K-CART Seminar Series: Nancy Brady, Ph.D. KU Clinical Research Center Fairway, Auditorium Room 1106. 

November 29  7:30-9 p.m. Dole 2092, Child Language Pro-seminar: Lindsay Williams, M.A. SLP-CCC, Ph.D. student, Child Language, Vocalization behavior in infants at risk for developing autism: A comparison study

December 15  3-4 p.m. K-CART Seminar Series: Brenda Salley, Ph.D. KU Clinical Research Center Fairway, Auditorium Room 1106. 




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The Power of Parenting


Beginning in 1995 with the seminal study of vocabulary development by Betty Hart and Todd Risley that revealed a 30 million word gap in what children from the least and more advantaged homes heard by age 3, Life Span Institute researchers have investigated the power of parenting. Most recently, researchers Steven Warren and Nancy Brady published the results of another milestone study: this time a unique longitudinal study of families whose children (and in some cases, the mothers themselves) have Fragile X. Read More

The Brain-Computer Interface

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A brain-computer interface could unlock minds silenced by stroke and ALS.

Not even Stephen Hawking uses the kind of sci-fi communication interface that University of Kansas neuroscientist Jonathan Brumberg is developing. Hawking uses a cheek muscle to control his voice device. But Brumberg wants to give individuals with no voluntary movement at all the ability to control a communication device via a brain-computer (BCI) interface—with their thoughts alone. And what would set this apart from other speech BCIs is that it would allow an individual to speak through a speech synthesizer in real time.  Read More

Redefining school inclusion and taking it national

The aptly named SWIFT Education Center (School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation), funded by one of the largest grants in KU history of $24 million, is rapidly hitting its goals across the country. Read More

Teaching teachers to manage classrooms

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What if a teacher could manage a class like clockwork—including those students with challenging behaviors—and even when teaching tough lessons? That’s the way CW-FIT works. Read More

Putting students in charge of themselves with I-Connect

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Howard Wills is putting high school students with emotional and behavioral problems in charge of themselves. Wills directed the development of a web-based application called called I-Connect. Read More