In addition to clinical work involving the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, our team at the Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) is actively involved in research. In fact, the mission of the CCC includes participating in innovative research in an attempt to help children reach their full potential. This is accomplished in two ways. First, CCC staff frequently collaborate on research being conducted in programs throughout the Hospital. Second, CCC staff initiate independent research that can be carried out within the Center.
Our team is currently involved in research projects with various CHOP centers including the Early Autism Screening and Identification Clinic, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, the Newborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease Center, and the Department of Otolaryngology. These studies relate to hearing, feeding and speech/language skills of children struggling with a variety of developmental issues.
Research currently being conducted within the Center includes studies exploring the use of social media for clinical and educational purposes regarding stuttering, verification of pediatric amplification practices, and patient-reported outcome measures as a way to track progress and change over time.
The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program assists the CCC in meeting its research agenda. LEND partially supports three fellows within the CCC who are required to complete coursework, participate in community education/advocacy activities, and conduct mentored research projects. Recent research topics have included the Utilization of Evidence-based Practice Among Rehabilitation Professionals, No-Tech and Low-Tech AAC for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Improving Hospital Care and Service Delivery to Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders.