The primary objective of the UW-Milwaukee Language Analysis Laboratory is to improve the long-term outcomes of children experiencing language difficulties. To effectively improve children’s outcomes, clinicians and researchers require sound assessments to assist with a) the accurate identification of a disorder, b) rich description of strengths and weaknesses to assist with treatment planning, and c) efficient and robust monitoring tools to document students’ progress.
Our current research includes:
- Development of clinically feasible general outcome measures for use in screening and progress monitoring
- Assessment of expository and persuasive discourse in secondary and high school students
- Refinement of language sample analysis procedures to more accurately and efficiently document children’s language functioning
- Communication-based functional outcomes across the lifespan
- Assessment of emergent literacy skills in at-risk populations (including children from Head Start programs)
We collaborate with a wide variety of partners who have a shared passion for improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Our research has been supported by people throughout the educational community. At each of these sites, multiple speech-language pathologists have generously donated their time to assist with data collection on several projects.
- San Diego Unified School District
- Madison Metropolitan School District
- School District of Brown Deer
- Nicolet High School
- Shorewood School District
- Wauwatosa School District
- School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee