The department of Speech-Language Pathology conducts clinical research at MMI and Nebraska Medicine. Research topics include understanding how low-tech and high-tech communication tools support speech and language development in early childhood and the development of non-nutritive suck in infants with swallowing difficulties.
Current research includes:
- “Communication Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome”
- This longitudinal study compares the communication skills in young children with Down Syndrome after participating in one of three different treatment conditions: (1) Traditional early intervention, (2) Traditional early intervention + therapy focusing on speech and sign language, and (3) Traditional early intervention + therapy focusing on speech, sign language and a communication device that displays pictures and speaks.
- Funding provided by the Munroe-Meyer Guild Grant in 2014.
- “NTrainer Therapy for Infants of Diabetic Mothers”
- This study compares the effectiveness of traditional swallowing therapy to NTrainer therapy, a device that provides small pressure pulses through a pacifier with the exact input needed for an effective suck on a pacifier, on infants of diabetic mothers in the neonatal intensive care unit.
- Funding provided by the Munroe-Meyer Guild Grant in 2015.