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OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Childhood Hearing Loss and Language Development Lab at Texas Christian University. We are a part of the Davies School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and affiliated with the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic. The CHLLD lab is led by Dr. Emily Lund.

So, what does that mean?

Essentially, this is a clinical practice and research laboratory within a university setting. That means that the CHLLD lab has goals related to teaching, to clinical services, and to science.

Teaching: The goal of the Davies School at TCU is to teach undergraduate and graduate students how to be ethical and effective speech-language pathologists. Within the CHLLD lab, our goal is to teach undergraduate and graduate students to work specifically with children with hearing loss (particularly those children who are developing some spoken language skills).

Practically, this translates to the following activities in our lab:

  • CHLLD lab-affiliated faculty (like Dr. Lund) teach classes related to hearing loss and language development, and students complete projects related to understanding the hearing loss-language development connection.
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate) provide clinical speech and language services to children with hearing loss, supervised by CHLLD lab faculty.
  • Students participate in language-based research with children with hearing loss.

Clinical and Community Services: A goal of the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic is to provide high-quality speech and language services to the Dallas/Fort Worth community. Within the CHLLD lab, we share that goal for children with hearing loss and strive to provide the best possible services and information to families who benefit from these services.

Practically, this translates to the following activities in our lab:

  • The CHLLD lab is able to provide a (limited) number of scholarship-funded spots to children with hearing loss and their families in order to provide parent training to those families.
  • As part of her own line of research, Dr. Lund is able to provide intervention to families who are interested, which results in free speech and language assessments and treatment.
  • CHLLD lab faculty often present information at community events to promote awareness of hearing loss within the community.

Science: As a research laboratory, the CHLLD lab conducts many projects to improve our knowledge of language development in children with hearing loss. Sometimes students initiate and lead those projects, and other times CHLLD lab faculty run these projects.

Practically, this translates to the following activities in our lab:

  • The CHLLD lab is always recruiting children with hearing loss to participate in our studies.
  • We publish papers in the lab to help further professional knowledge about children with hearing loss.

How does this science translate to service and mentorship for students?

From January 2016 to the present:

More than 400 hours of specialized aural-rehabilitation services were provided to children with hearing loss, free of charge.

Twenty-five graduate students received specialized training in intervention for children with hearing loss, with focused mentoring on parent training.

More than 250 hours of free speech, language and literacy testing has been administered to children between the ages of 4 and 7.

Ten undergraduate and graduate students have participated in research related to children with hearing loss to more deeply understand the needs of this population.