2018 ASHA CONVENTION PROGRAM BOOK • 243 TECHNICAL RESEARCH SESSIONS • SATURDAY DAY/TIME/ LOCATION/ ROOM SESSION/ AREA/ CONTENT/ LEVEL/TYPE TITLE/ AUTHOR(S) ABSTRACT SA 10:30AM-11:00AM Westin, Galleria Tech C 4676 GI DHH Intermediate Research Fingerspelling Used in ASL & TC Classrooms: Relationships to Growth in Language & Literacy Skills Marcia Walsh-Aziz, Metropolitan St U of Denver; Brenda Schick, U of Colorado Boulder; Amy Lederberg, Georgia St U Recent research has shown a strong relationship between fingerspelling and literacy skills in children with hearing loss. Twenty classrooms were observed and coded for quantity and quality of Fingerspelling by teachers of the deaf. These results were correlated with growth scores in literacy, spoken language, and sign language skills. Results show some relationships between teachers’ use of fingerspelling and students. SA 11:00AM-11:30AM Westin, Galleria Tech C 4677 GI DHH Intermediate Research Do Articulation & phonological Errors Affect Receptive Vocabulary in Children With Cochlear Implants? Areti Okalidou, U of Macedonia; Christina Adamidou, U of Macedonia; George Kyriafinis, CI Cntr Ahepa Hosp 1st ENT Clinic Children with cochlear implants have deficits in articulation, phonological skills (e.g. Chin, 2003), phonological memory (Pisoni & Cleary, 2003) and receptive vocabulary (Haynes, Geers, Treiman & Moog, 2009). The study focused on the interrelations between the above input and output parameters of verbal language in Greek-learning children with cochlear implants in comparison to hearing peers, reporting rather strong relationships. SA 1:30PM-2:00PM Westin, Galleria Tech C 4678 AUD HTVS Intermediate Research Informational Masking of Calm Speech Targets by Emotional Speech Maskers Shae Morgan, U of Louisville Both attentional mechanisms and stream segregation capabilities likely impact word recognition in situations with emotional speech as a masking stimulus. This study examined calm target sentences in combinations of four masking emotions (calm, sad, happy, angry) and two masker types (two-talker babble and speech-shaped noise). Performance was compared between masker types to quantify the informational masking induced by emotional speech. SA 3:00PM-3:30PM Westin, Galleria Tech A 4679 GI IDHT Advanced Research Massed Exposure Give Increased Initial Learning, but Distributed Exposure Yields Similar Overall Outcome Arve Asbjørnsen, U of Bergen; Sunniva Eidsvåg, U of Bergen; Elena Plante, U of Arizona Massed or distributed exposure to Russian nouns had no main effect on learning of gender marking suffixes in a statistical language learning experiment including young adults. However, exposure to ungrammatical test items increased the acceptance of ungrammatical items. These findings are comparable to results from treatment studies, and exposure to ungrammatical exemplars can influence the outcome of language learning programs. SA 3:00PM-3:30PM Westin, Galleria Tech B 4680 GI IPC Introductory Research Graduate Speech-Language Pathologists’ & Occupational Therapists’ Engagement in Interprofessional Emergent Writing Interventions Danika Pfeiffer, James Madison U; Stacey Pavelko, James Madison U; Elizabeth Richardson, James Madison U Graduate speech-language pathology and occupational therapy students participated in an interprofessional education experience. Working in interprofessional pairs or individually, graduate students implemented preschool emergent writing. Graduate students’ knowledge about emergent writing, development of interprofessional competencies, and attitudes towards collaboration following this experience are compared across conditions. Changes in preschoolers’ writing skills are also examined. SA 9:30AM-10:00AM Westin, Galleria Tech E 4681 SLP LLCA Intermediate Research Contemporary Report of SLP Clinical Practices: The Impact of Work Setting, Caseload Size, & Workplace Policy Claire Selin, U of Kansas; Mabel Rice, U of Kansas; Teresa Girolamo, U of Kansas A survey distributed to 563 speech-language pathologists provided a contemporary report of SLP clinical practices under business-as-usual circumstances. This study investigated the influence of workplace and practitioner characteristics from referral through discharge. Work setting, caseload size, and policy for academic impact were most influential. Implications include increased advocacy for removing/reducing workplace constraints, such as high caseload sizes. SA 10:30AM-11:00AM Westin, Galleria Tech E 4682 SLP LLCA Intermediate Research Identity & Well-Being in Children With Speech & Language Disorders: Insights From a Qualitative Study Rena Lyons, NUI Galway Our knowledge about childhood speech and developmental language disorders comes from studies underpinned by positivist paradigms. Little is known about the perspectives of children themselves. The aim of this study was to explore identity construction and well-being in eleven 9-12 year-old children with speech and language disorders. A qualitative methodology was used and this paper will outline the key findings. SA 11:00AM-11:30AM Westin, Galleria Tech E 4683 SLP LLCA Intermediate Research Social Communication Intervention for Elementary Students With School Refusal Behaviour: An Interprofessional Approach Julie Lewis, U of Queensland Research indicates that sound speech, language and social communication are crucial to school success.This session will present the key findings of research which investigated the effects of integrated, interprofessional social communication interventions on the school refusal behaviour of six elementary students with communication disorders. Integration of speech, core language and social communication; teacher coaching; and interprofessional practice will be discussed. SA 1:00PM-1:30PM Westin, Galleria Tech E 4684 SLP LLCA Introductory Research Efficacy of Music for Improving Language in Children With Special Needs Louisa Tan, SPD; Poh Sim Kang, Rainbow Ctr; Wei Ming Loi, Rainbow Ctr; Susan Rickard Liow, Nat'l U of Singapore The efficacy of music for improving speech and language has been shown across ages and diagnoses, but research exploring co-treatment models on children not on the Autism Spectrum remains sparse. A cross-over study targeting prepositions was conducted on 25 school-age children. Results indicated that the introduction of music in therapy led to significantly greater improvement in associated language abilities. SA 8:00AM-8:30AM Westin, Galleria Tech F 4685 SLP LDA Advanced Research Verbal Fluency Measures are Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers in Clinically Unimpaired, Late-Middle Aged Adults Kimberly Mueller, U of Wisconsin - Madison Prior research indicates that verbal fluency (VF) tasks are sensitive measures of cognitive decline in adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD dementia. We explored relationships between VF (total, clustering and switching), and AD biomarkers in late middle-aged cognitively unimpaired adults. These findings suggest that multiple measures of CF and PF are associated with AD biomarkers in late middle-age.