Current Studies

Spaced-Word Retrieval as a Vocabulary Teaching Strategy for Children with Hearing Loss

The goal of this study is to identify effective vocabulary teaching strategies for children with hearing loss. Particularly, we are interested in comparing whether spaced-word retrieval is more effective than immediate retrieval or no retrieval practice for word learning. The results from this study will inform clinicians and educators about effective vocabulary teaching practices aimed to reduce the vocabulary gap between children with hearing loss and their normally-hearing peers. We are looking for children with normal hearing or hearing loss between 4 and 7 years of age. Participation is paid (from $50 to $100)!
If you want to know more and participate, click here.

This project is funded by the Society for Research in Child Development (Early Career Scholar).

The Effects of a Language Intervention for Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss: Clinical and Educational Outcomes

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a narrative intervention on children’s language outcomes (word learning and narrative structure). During the intervention, we will create stories in English and Spanish aimed to teach children unknown words. The intervention will last for 6 weeks (2 sessions per week). This information will help us understand how teachers and clinicians can improve vocabulary-teaching practices for children with hearing loss. We are looking for children with hearing loss between 4 and 8 years of age who speak Spanish at home. Participation is paid $50! If you want to know more and participate, click here.

This project is funded by MWU intramural grant (Improving Health Care Delivery and Reducing Health Care Disparities in Underserved Minority Communities).

Perspectives on Bilingualism by Spanish-Speaking Caregivers of Children with Hearing Loss

The purpose of this study is to examine the recommendations Spanish-speaking caregivers of children with hearing loss have received from professionals on oral bilingual education, children’s use and proficiency in English and Spanish, and caregivers’ perspectives on oral bilingualism. The results from this study will help us assess if the advice that families receive meet the recommended best practices on bilingual education and whether these recommendations have an impact on children’s outcomes. We are looking for caregivers of children with hearing loss between 4 and 13 years of age that speak at least some Spanish at home. Participation is online and you can win a $25 giftcard. If you want to know more and participate, click here.

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