The ASHA Leader has recognized two faculty members of the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for their innovative research and clinical service. In April, The ASHA Leader recognized Dr. Laura Pitts on her groundbreaking research in the treatment of dysphagia in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Pitts was a recipient of the ASHFoundation’s 2012 Clinical Research Grant to explore the efficacy of an exercised-based, lingual-training treatment program to reduce the consequences of dysphagia on several parameters. Her results have meaningful clinical implications for both the assessment and treatment of dysphagia in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Here is the link to the article recognizing Dr. Laura Pitts: http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2615519.
In their following May issue, The ASHA Leader recognized Dr. Jennifer Garrett for her curriculum-based treatment of language and literacy disorders in older children. Dr. Garrett uses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to treat language and literacy deficits, which has particularly positive effects in vocabulary and helps students with special needs reach Common Core State Standards. Treatment using STEM concepts has yielded positive results in expanding students’ vocabulary and actively engages children with numerous fun activities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Here is the link to the article recognizing Dr. Jennifer Garrett: http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2624732.
Congratulations to Dr. Laura Pitts and Dr. Jennifer Garrett!