SECD faculty to present at NSLHA fall convention

SECD faculty to present at NSLHA fall convention

13 Sep 2016    By Kelcey Buck

Steven Barlow and Sherri Jones, both professors in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD), will be among the speakers featured at the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA) fall convention Sept. 15-16. 

The convention, which will be held at the Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott, features two days of sessions with presentations in one of three categories – audiology, clinical speech-language pathology and school speech-language pathology.

Barlow, the Corwin Moore professor at UNL, will present “Optimizing Somatosensory Patterns and Motor Activity for Neurotherapeutic Change Across the Lifespan.” A professor in audiology and the chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, Jones will present “Beyond the Sound Booth: Genetics in Audiology.” Both sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Barlow’s session will focus on his research into how a therapy device he developed called the NTrainer System stimulates the brain’s molecular pathways to develop oral feeding skills in infants in neonatal intensive care units. He will also discuss the extension of this research to helping with motor rehabilitation in adult stroke survivors.

Jones will discuss research surrounding several genes that, when mutated, may lead to varying degrees of auditory and vestibular dysfunction, while also examining recent molecular therapeutic advancements for restoring those functions.

In addition to the speaker sessions by Barlow and Jones, four other groups from SECD will be featured during the poster sessions from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday. They include presentations about the speech-language pathology study abroad trip to Costa Rica in May, the audiology study abroad trip to Nicaragua in late July, a study of the use of speech-to-text dictation as an intervention for accent modification treatment, and a study of the use of tele-practice intervention services for at-risk adolescents in residential group care settings.

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