Linda Watson and Betsy Crais are familiar with the extensive journey many Americans find themselves on when trying to acquire services for children with autism spectrum disorder.
As professors of speech and hearing sciences in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and part of UNC’s Program for Early Autism, Research, Leadership and Service (PEARLS), they have made autism screening, early detection and research the center of their academic lives.
Speech and Hearing Sciences Professor Betsy Crais was one of eight scholars recognized at a graduation ceremony for Class III of the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Faculty Engaged Scholars program on November 2. Crais and the other scholars, who represented various disciplines from across campus, received cords and certificates during the ceremony at the Carolina Club.
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD, recently received an R03 award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) focusing on an alternative approach to treating speech impairment in stroke survivors.
The NIDCD award will provide $300,000 over the next three years to fund the project, titled “Auditory masking effects on speech fluency in aphasia and apraxia of speech.”
Dr. Robert Peters, former director of the Division of Speech and Hearing, and Kaitlyn Wilson, PhD student. Excerpts from an informal conversation with interviewer Anne Humphries at Dr. Peters’ home in Chapel Hill, November, 2009.
From the Raleigh News and Observer (March 21): “scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill have been working on new ways to bridge the communication gap with aphasia patients, giving them better tools to help them express themselves and set their own recovery goals.”