Bridgeway Academy’s Speech Therapy Department is Headed to ASHA!
October 27, 2016
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional scientific and credentialing association for speech pathologists and audiologists (http://www.asha.org/). The organization’s annual national conference draws over 12,000 attendees to learn about the latest research and resources to advance their skills and careers. This year’s conference will be November 17 – 19, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA and will have Bridgeway Academy’s first delegates in attendance as presenters.
Bridgeway Academy’s Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director Abigail S. David, M.S. CCC-SLP, Therapy Manager Lindsey Paden Cargill, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Speech Department Supervisor Samantha Lyle, M.A., CCC-SLP have been collaborating with researchers at The Ohio State University’s Autism and Child Language Learning Laboratory to examine several topics relating to the use of the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program that is used at Bridgeway Academy.
As one of only eight LAMP Centers of Excellence in the country, Bridgeway Academy values its role as a pioneer in the field of augmentative and alternative communication use for children on the autism spectrum and is proud of the opportunity to share this work with our academic community and our constituency.
During the summer of 2016, an immersive LAMP class was piloted at Bridgeway Academy that emphasized large group language modeling, core vocabulary instruction, social interaction and sensory exploration. The language skills of eight participants were examined before, during and after the class. The findings of this study will be discussed at a poster presentation titled “Vocabulary Development in School-Age Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Users” at the ASHA convention.
A platform presentation will also be presented by the Bridgeway Academy therapists and the OSU researchers. “Predictors of Augmentative & Alternative Communication in AAC Users,” will highlight findings of another study completed this year. This study looks at correlations between students’ language outcomes and the operational and therapeutic competencies of their teachers and parents.
Once the findings of both studies are presented at ASHA, Bridgeway Academy will continue its partnership with The Ohio State University to document and publish these findings as well as share the results with our broader community.