Research Reports

  • A Key Question: Is More Better? (2012)

    A Research Report for Families by Paul Yoder, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and VKC Investigator (2012). Describes a study to find out whether daily or weekly treatment sessions were more helpful in improving the spoken vocabulary of young children with Down syndrome compared with children with a different cause of intellectual disability.

  • An Effective Speech Therapy Method for School-aged Children with Down Syndrome (2015)

    A Research Report for Families by Paul J. Yoder, Special Education, Vanderbilt University; Stephen Camarata, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University; Tiffany Woynaroski, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University; and Catherine Bush, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

  • Brain Responses Can Serve as Biomarkers of Cognition in Angelman Syndrome (2018)

    A Research Report for Families by Alexandra (Sasha) Key, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Psychophysiology Lab

  • Early Findings From The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2013)

    A Research Report from Erik Carter, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, on behalf of The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA). The CSESA is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to develop a comprehensive program to meet the needs of high school students on the autism spectrum (csesa.fpg.unc.edu/). Researchers from six universities—including Vanderbilt—are collaborating with schools, families, community members, and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to develop an effective, comprehensive intervention for high schools focused on the following areas: (a) social competence; (b) transition and families; (c) academics; (d) personal responsibility, independence, and self-management; and (e) professional development.

  • Peer Partner Project, Fall 2014 Summary

    A Research Report for Families by Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, and Jennifer Asmus, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Transition to Adulthood for Youth with Autism

    A Research Report for Families by Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education.

  • Understanding Aging in Down Syndrome: A First Step (2013)

    A Research Report by Alexandra Key, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Director of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Psychophysiology Lab, and Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, and Director of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.