Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
• Child Language Lab
The USA Child Language Lab supports research in language development and process for children who are typically developing or language impaired. We are interested in language development for infants through school-aged children.
If you are a parent interested in allowing your child to participate in research, please contact us.
If you are a student interested in helping with research, contact Dr. Brenda Beverly or Dr. Julie Estis.
Disambiguation by Children with Specific Language Impairment: The Effects of Word and Context Factors
- Children ages 3 years to 6 years, 11 months.
- A disambiguation study looks at how a child interprets a speaker's intended use of a word.
- The purpose of the research is to test word and context factors that affect the way children learn names of objects. The information gained by this investigation can lead to a better understanding of how language is learned and how to help children who have difficulties with language.
- Please contact Lori Foran at (251) 445-9392 for further information.
IRB Consent Form
Disambiguation Research Interest Form
Child and Family History Questionaire
IRB Fact Sheet
The Effect of Morphosyntactic Cues on Toddlers' Verb Comprehension
- Children ages 18 months to 24 months.
- A "Looking while Listening" paradigm is used to assess children's comprehension of action words. Toddlers are seated on their parents' laps while viewing side-by-side video clips of children performing actions.
- Sentences are presented with various verb endings - verbs have either the grammatical ending (-ing), an ungrammatical ending (-est), or a nonsense ending (-il). Eye gaze toward the target action video is assessed to determine the children's comprehension.
Deictic and Representational Gestures in the Service of Fast Mapping for Typically Developing Toddlers
- Children ages 16 months to 28 months.
- The purpose of the research is to examine the effects of adult gestural input on the ability of children to learn new words.
- Several familiar and unfamiliar objects will be presented to children along with words and gestures associated with the objects. The investigator will check to see that children learned the name of the objects by asking children to retrieve the named objects and also state the name of the objects.
Communicative Outcomes of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Following a Parent-Implemented Therapy Program
- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3;0 to 7;11.
- The purpose of this study is to help speech therapists, psychologists, and other autism specialists to determine if Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an efficient and effective therapy program for increasing the language of children with autism.
- Children whom are suspected of having autism with language delay and challenging behaviors will be tested at the USA Speech and Hearing Center through the use of naturalistic play and standardized tests that use pictures and toys.
- The child with autism spectrum disorder and one of their parents will participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at the USA Psychological Clinic, where parents are trained by professionals to implement strategies that help decrease child challenging behaviors.
- Dr. Brenda L. Beverly
- Dr. Julie M. Estis
- Ph.D. Students
- Graduate Students
- Kelley Byerley
- Kelsey Cook
- Kate Darnall
- Lab Alumni
- Dr. Keri Buck
- Dr. Lisa Ard
From Airport Blvd:
Child Language Lab
University of South Alabama
Department of Speech-Language Pathology
1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
• Take University Blvd north (right if you are coming from I-65) and as you cross Old Shell Rd, you will see the campus on your left.
• At the third traffic light, turn left on USA North Drive and the Health Sciences Building will be the building at the intersection on the left. From the parking lot at back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle.
From Springhill Ave/Moffett Rd/ Zeigler Blvd:
• Take University Blvd south and the first part of the University you pass will be the USA Research Park on the right, including a traffic light at the entrance.
• The next traffic light to the right is USA North Drive, and the Health Sciences Building is the large building at the intersection of USA North and University Blvd located on the right. From the parking lot in the back of the building, you will see the outside entrance for the USA Speech and Hearing Center. Park in "Patient Parking" and enter the lobby. Request a parking pass for your vehicle.
USA Campus Map