Colloquium: Fall 2011

Research Colloquium Schedule Fall 2011

New York University
Tuesday 2:00-3:30 pm

665 Broadway - 9th floor Conference Room

Maria Grigos, Colloquium Coordinator
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

9/20: Dr. Anthony Koutsoftas, Seton Hall University
Title: Exploring written language in children with and without language learning disabilities: Comparisons, relationships, and contributions
Abstract: Written language is a form of language that is quite difficult for children with and without language learning disabilities (LLD). Children with LLD are particularly vulnerable to written language deficits because of the nature of the disability. Research on written language output for both clinical and typical populations is emerging and the purpose of this talk is to share two different research projects stemming from the same dataset of children with and without LLD. Fifty-six children with and without LLD participated in this research by completing an oral language assessment, reading assessment, and producing two spoken and two written language samples, the latter of which is discussed in the present talk. The first study compares how children with and without LLD perform on analytic and holistic scoring measures of writing samples and further explores the relationships between types of measures. Analytic measures are commonly employed measures of language transcription whereas holistic measures are commonly used by local and state testing agencies to demonstrate adequate yearly progress. The second study evaluates the contribution of oral language and reading abilities on writing quality across two genres: narrative and expository. Oral language was measures using the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – Fourth Edition and reading ability was represented by performance on state mandated reading assessments. Findings from both studies suggest that children with LLD fare far worse on written language tasks than their peers with typical development and that this difference is greater when scored on holistic scoring measures. Few relationships between analytic and holistic scoring systems were observed. Predictors of writing quality differed by group and by genre. Future research directions and clinical applications of findings will be discussed.

10/4: Dr. Brian Gill, New York University, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

10/18: Dr. Georgia Malandraki, Teachers College


Swallowing is a highly complex sensorimotor action of the human body. Understanding the underlying mechanisms and neural pathways that govern swallowing is considered crucial in the process of correctly identifying and treating swallowing disorders (aka dysphagia). In recent years advanced imaging and neuroimaging technologies have emerged that allow us the in-depth exploration of human deglutition in vivo. This colloquium will present a summary of findings on the use of advanced imaging methodologies to study normal and disordered swallowing, as well as emerging evidence for neuroplasticity in dysphagia treatments. Clinical implications and future considerations of this research will be discussed.

11/1: Dr. Tammie Spaulding, University of Connecticut

Title: Assessment of Children with Language Impairment: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

11/15: Dr. Karen Adolph, New York University, Department of Psychology

Title: Learning to Move

Previous colloquium schedules

Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008