WKU student, Haley Jones, successfully defended her thesis project
- Author: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Bowling Green, KY - Western Kentucky University Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) student, Haley Jones, successfully defended her thesis project this semester.
Haley Jones is a senior in the CSD Department and originally from Elizabethtown, KY. This fall, she plans to attend Northwestern University this fall to pursue a Master’s of science in speech-language pathology. Her thesis compared the Rapid Assessment of Problem Solving (RAPS) with the Ravens Progressive Matrices (RPM) in assessing the problem solving of children with and without autism. While the effectiveness of the RAPS had been evaluated for neurotypical children and adults, and adults with traumatic brain injuries, severe mental illness, and Alzheimer’s disease, no studies had yet been conducted with children with autism. Findings expanded the normative database of the RAPS to include adolescents with autism, thus providing rehabilitation professionals with critical psychometric information needed to use the test in the clinical setting. Results also provided a foundation for a larger study that will likely lead to production of the RAPS as a product for broader use in the clinical assessment of both typically developing children and children with cognitive disorders such as autism.
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