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Hearing and Speech Research

The Hearing and Speech Research program has a broad research portfolio that includes:

  • Instrument development and validation
  • Characterization of speech, swallowing and functional communication of children with rare diseases
  • Development of novel technologies and strategies for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Improving patient-provider communication for children with severe communication disorders using AAC visual representations
  • Evaluating disparities in language development following cochlear implantation
  • Pediatric swallowing disorder characterization, assessment and outcomes post-assessment

Laura Ball, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, is a co-investigator on the NIH-funded Stanford-Harvard collaborative group that studies the application of a brain-computer communication interface for those locked-in with paralysis. She has established collaborations with:

  • Children’s National investigators (Divisions of Neurological Sciences and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • The George Washington University (Departments of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Anatomy and Regenerative Biology)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Division of Neurology)
  • University of South Dakota (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Meet the Team

  • Laura Ball, Ph.D., CCC/SLP