Research Surveys

PSHA is pleased to inform members of this/these opportunity/opportunities to participate in research. An overview of the purpose of the research, the requirements for the participants, and the contact information for the author(s) is included for the study/each of the studies. Please note that the authors have secured the appropriate approvals from Institutional Research Boards (IRBs) and other relevant entities for the conduct of their studies. PSHA supports scholarly work to advance our informational base about normal and non-normal communication, as well as clinical service delivery issues.

Selection for Children on the Autism Spectrum with Complex Communication Needs

Posted 3/2022

Speech Pathologists’ Approach Selection for Children on the Autism Spectrum with Complex Communication Needs

Among children on the autism spectrum, communication deficits present as just one of the many core symptoms. Intensive and early intervention strategies have been found to increase language and communicative behaviors. Although verbal expressive language is viewed as the ultimate long-term goal for those on the autism spectrum with complex communication needs, a multitude of communication modalities are necessary to become functional communicators. The present study will investigate current and future speech-language pathologists’ selection and perception of efficacious approaches and interventions in the treatment of school-aged children on the autism spectrum with complex communication needs as well as obstacles associated with implementation.

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Thank you,
Brittney Joyner

The Effects of Making Speech Errors Beyond 8-Years-Old

Posted 2/2022

This study is being conducted to better understand the effects of making speech errors beyond 8-years-old. We hope this study will allow children with speech errors to have better treatment in the future. This study is being conducted as a part of a master’s thesis research project.


  • 8 years, 3 months- 11 years, 0 months
  • (a) has speech errors
  • (b) does not have speech errors


Study Activities:

  • Create sentences
  • Remember sentences
  • Retell a story
  • Testing should take no more than 30 minutes


Risk, Benefits, Participants:

  • Minimal risk- fatigue, boredom
  • Your child will be given a treat/prize for their participation
  • Participation is voluntary

This study was approved by the California University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board.

If interested, contact:
Kayla McCall, Principal Investigator

Sheri Lake, Faculty Advisor