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Asha 2011

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on November 15, 2011

We have several posters and talks at Asha this year by HABLA lab faculty, alums, and students along with collaborators from other universities:

  • Kai Greene, Lisa Bedore, Elizabeth Peña: The Lexical Code-Switching Patterns of English-Spanish Bilingual Preschoolers
  • Li Sheng, Lisa Bedore, Elizabeth Peña: Semantic Development in Spanish-English Bilingual Children
  • Ying Lu & Li Sheng: Lexical-Semantic Development in Mandarin-English Bilingual Children
  • Chistine Fiestas, Lisa Bedore, Elizabeth Peña & Li Sheng: The Definitional Skills of Bilingual Children: Age & Language Experience
  • Katie Squires, Ron Gillam, Mirza Lugo-Neris, Lisa Bedore, &  Elizabeth Peña:  Story Retelling of Bilingual Children with SLI
  • Connie Summers, Marcela Diaz, Elizabeth Peña, & Lisa Bedore:  Macrostructure Analysis of English & Spanish Narratives in Bilingual Children

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Using Two Languages to Make Diagnostic Decisions

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on November 5, 2011

Here’s a new article that came out this week in the Asha Leader that Lisa Bedore and I wrote. In this short piece we presented some of our BESOS data to demonstrate how screening in two languages can be combined to increase diagnostic accuracy.

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In press

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on August 14, 2011

Peña, E. D., Gillam, R. B., Bedore, L.M., & Bohman, T. (in press). Risk for Poor Performance on a Language Screening Measure for
Bilingual Preschoolers and Kindergarteners. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology.

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Assessment of Bilingual Preschool Children

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on February 26, 2011

We (Elizabeth D. Peña & Tamara Halle) have a new publication in Child Development Perspectives. It focuses on the pitfalls of assessment of bilinguals. You can access the text here.

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Asha in Philadelphia

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on November 13, 2010

We have two posters and a seminar at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association this year:

School-Age, Spanish-English Bilinguals’ Narrative Production: Leveraging Knowledge of Argument Structure by Karin Boerger, Lisa M. Bedore, and Elizabeth D. Peña

Definitional Skills of Bilingual Children With Language Impairment by Christine Fiestas, Elizabeth D. Peña, and Lisa M. Bedore

Diagnostic Markers of Language Impairment in Bilinguals by Elizabeth D. Peña, Ronald B. Gillam, Lisa M. Bedore, and Thomas Bohman

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Researchers get $3.3 million grant to investigate language outcomes of bilingual children

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on May 19, 2010

Saw this today when I logged into my google news. Now,  I guess we have to find 1,800 kids to screen! What were we thinking?

Researchers get $3.3 million grant to investigate language outcomes of bilingual children.

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Going in Circles

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on June 12, 2009

So, how do you determine language impairment in a group for which there is no gold standard?

One of our projects (well, two of them and old one (an NIH contract to develop a test for 4 to 6 year old Spanish-English bilinguals) and a new one (an R-21 from the NIH to extend our test (the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment) to children ages 7 to 9) focus on test development. The best way to test a new test for the purpose of identification is to look at how well it separates the two (or more) groups in question. Here, we focus on determining language impairment and typical language development in bilinguals. In order to test the new test’s classification accuracy you have to classify the children based on a gold standard.

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Home in Austin

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on June 3, 2009

Okay, I know that you don’t want my day to day movements, but that’s what’s going on. It was a long flight/wait to fly home. But, as always the NIH panel meeting was very interesting and instructive (and fun too). I always learn a lot at these meetings about how science in the language area is done, about how to think about grantsmanship (grantswomanship?) from the reviewer’s perspective and I think that helps to become a better grantwriter.

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Posters at SRCLD 2009

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on May 30, 2009

So, who’s presenting a poster this year? There are several:

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Madness at the lab

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on May 29, 2009

We’re all getting ready to present posters at the Symposium on Child Language Disorders (SRCLD) and Child Phonology. This year for the first time, Lisa and Liz aren’t going. Lisa is in Wales at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice– that’s exciting. Liz’s travels aren’t nearly as exciting, she’s going to Washington DC for NIH grant review (a necessary, interesting, but more mundane enterprise). Li is going to SRCLD and so are a bunch of the doctoral students.

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