Research

Our research aims to understand, facilitate, and improve communication among children and adults who use augmentative and alternative communication modalities (AAC) as well as people who are dual-language learners or multilingual speakers. These two areas of research, frequently overlap and highlight the dynamic multimodal and multilingual aspects of human communication. 

Publications

King, M., Larson, A., & Buzhardt, J. (2021). Exploring the classification accuracy of the Early Communication Indicator (ECI) with dual-language learners from Latinx backgrounds. Assessment for Effective Intervention. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F15345084211027138. [Get free copy here].

King, M., Lim, N., & Romski, M. (2021). Language experience, cognitive skills, and English and Spanish semantic abilities in bilingual children with typical development and language impairments. International Journal of Bilingualism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/13670069211015305. [Get free copy here]

Soto, G., & King, M. (in press). Cultural and linguistic responsivity in AAC. In N. Hall, J. Juengling-Sudkamp, M. L. Gutmann, & E. R. Cohn (Eds.). Fundamentals of AAC: A Case-Based Approach to Enhancing Communication. Plural Press.

King, M., Romski, M., & Sevcik, R.A. (2021). Language differentiation using AAC: An investigation of Spanish-English bilingual children with and without language impairments. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 30, 89 – 104. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_AJSLP-20-00030 [Get free copy here]

Barton-Hulsey, A., King, M., Lyons-Golden, J. (2021). AAC in preschool: Navigating challenges in language and literacy instruction. In B. Ogletree (Ed.) AAC Challenges and Solutions: Improving Everyday Service Delivery. Plural Press.

Romski, M.A., Sevcik, R.A., Barton-Hulsey, A., Fisher, E.L., King, M., Albert, P., Kaldes, G., Walters, C., & Evans, C. (2020).  Supporting emerging communication and language during early development.  In K. Wilkinson & L. Finestack (Eds.), Multimodal augmentative and alternative communication for individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan (pp. 93-120). Paul H. Brookes.

King, M., Romski M., & Sevcik R.A. (2020). AAC in the digital age: A longitudinal profile of communication across contexts from toddler to teen. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 36(2), 128-141. https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2020.1782988. [Get free copy here]

Bornman, J., Romski, M., King, M., Vuledznai, P.M., Sevcik, R.A. (2020). Supporting early communication skills of children with developmental disorders in South Africa: Caregiver and clinician perspectives about mobile health applications. Infants and Young Children, 33(4), 313-331. https://doi.org/10.1097/IYC.0000000000000177

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., King, M., & Mansfield, L. (2017). Early sentence productions of three- and four-year-old children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1930-1945. https://pubs.asha.org/doi/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-15-0408

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., & King, M. (2017). Dynamic assessment for three- and four-year old children who use augmentative and alternative communication: Evaluating expressive syntax. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1946-1958. https://doi.org/10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-15-0269

Binger, C., Kent-Walsh, J., King, M., Webb, E., & Buenviaje, E. (2016). Early sentence productions of five-year-old children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 38, 131-142. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740116655804

King, M., Binger, C., & Kent-Walsh, J. (2015). Using dynamic assessment to evaluate the expressive syntax of children who use augmentative and alternative communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication31, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3109/07434618.2014.995779

Presentations

King M. (March, 2021). Bilingual Communication using AAC: A conceptual framework for research and clinical practice. Triple L: Leadership in Language and Literacy Doctoral Seminar, Florida State University, Tallahasee, FL.

King, M. & Soto, G. (2020, Nov). A proposed conceptual framework for code-switching using AAC: Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives. Paper submitted to the annual convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, San Diego, CA. [conference cancelled].

King, M., Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A. (2020, Aug). Language-switching using bilingual AAC: An analysis of within-language and cross-language errors. Poster submitted to the 19th biennial conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Cancun, Mexico. [conference cancelled]

King, M., Lim N., Romski, M. (2020, April). The relationship between language environment, cognitive abilities, and English and Spanish language abilities in bilingual children with and without language impairment. Poster submitted to the annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, CA. [conference cancelled]

Larson, A., King, M. (2020, Feb). Exploring Classification Accuracy of the Early Communication Indicator (ECI) for Latinx Children. Poster presented at the annual Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA. 

King, M., Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A. (2019, Nov). Bilingualism and AAC: Factors that influence language-switching between English and Spanish AAC displays. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Orlando, FL. 

King, M., Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A. (2019, July). Language Switching using picture symbols: An investigation of Spanish-English bilingual children with and without language impairments. Poster presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

King M., Romksi, M., Sevcik, R.A. (2019, April). Language switching using AAC: An Investigation of English-Spanish bilingual children with and without language impairments. Paper presented at the annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX. 

Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A., Barton-Hulsey, A., Fisher, E., King, M., Albert, P., Kaldes, G. (2019, April) Parent-Implemented Language Intervention and Young Children with Down syndrome: An Exploratory Report. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, San Antonio, TX. 

Romski, M., Bornman, J, Sevcik, R., King, M., Morwane, R., Morris, V., & DeLeo, G. (2018, November). Teaching primary caregivers in South Africa beginning communication strategies: Developing and assessing mobile health technology. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Boston, MA. 

King, M., Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A. (2017, November). AAC and apraxia from toddler to teen: Communication challenges and trajectory. Poster presented at to the annual conference of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Los Angeles, CA.

Romski, M., Bornman, J., Sevcik, R., Madima, V., & King, M. (2017, March). Mobile health technology to optimize communication outcomes for South African children with neuro-developmental disorders. Poster presented at the annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disorders, San Antonio, TX. 

King, M., & Romski M. (2016, November). Friendships among children who use AAC and their peers: Research review and clinical implications. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Kaldes, G., Romski, M., Sevcik, R.A., Tonsing, K., & King M. (2016, August). Emergence of graphic symbol combinations by toddlers in parent coached AAC language intervention. Poster presented at the 17th biennial conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Toronto, Canada.

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