WKU student, McKenzie Ward, successfully defended her thesis project
- Author: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) student, McKenzie Ward, successfully defended her thesis project this semester.
McKenzie Ward is a graduate student in the CSD campus program. Ward recently accepted a job with Daviess County Public Schools at Highland Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. She has also accepted a part-time position with New Beginnings Therapy Services, LLC, contracting with First Steps and Home Health. McKenzie’s research interests include autism, parent intervention, and literacy. The topic for her thesis examined the role of a novel, adapted dialogic reading curriculum and its impact on preschoolers with autism and their interactions with their parents during shared book reading. The aim of the study was to determine the impact of the curriculum on the effects of child social reciprocity and parents’ feelings of competence and confidence when trained on implementation strategies. Although the sample size was small, clear trends were seen suggesting adapted dialogic reading methods may result in greater increases in social reciprocity behaviors such as contingent responses to questions and joint attention during shared book reading. Positive trends also suggested that, when parents are trained to implement adapted dialogic reading strategies, their feelings of competence and confidence increase.
Learn more about WKU Communication Sciences and Disorders program by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/
Contact: Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier
Communication Sciences and Disorders