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Kristine Tanner’s research lauded by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
[3 Mar 2015 | Comments Off ]
Communications Disorders Professor Receives Meritorious Award for Research into Throat Dryness

Communication Disorders Professor Kristine Tanner has earned a meritorious poster award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for her research into treatment for throat dryness resulting from Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Posters are reviewed and meritorious award recipients selected by members of an ASHA review committee. This is the second time Tanner’s research team has received this honor.
Tanner and her research assistant Alison Miner recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to present their poster …

Byrdseed.com founder Ian Byrd and Design Engine CEO Robin Peng taught participants about effective ways to help gifted children thrive in school
[2 Mar 2015 | Comments Off ]
Learning Edge Conference Keynotes Focus in on Gifted Students

Utah educators participating in the McKay School’s Learning Edge Conference had the opportunity to hear from Ian Byrd, a Southern California teacher who specializes in gifted education and develops course materials for teachers of gifted students.
Byrd, founder of the educational website byrdseed.com, emphasized how gifted children are “more than just smart”.
“Many people have a stereotypical image of a gifted student as being nerdy, socially awkward and different than other kids,” …

McKay School’s 3MT Thesis winners to compete for grand prize on university level.
[13 Feb 2015 | Comments Off ]
Three Minutes for a Chance to Win $5000

Each contestant has three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to explain his or her thesis for a chance to win $5,000. Six McKay School graduate students began this competition in late January of this year.
The participants represented different programs in the McKay School. The three winners were from the graduate program Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation (EIME). The winners, Steve Stokes, Eli Jones, and Jabra Ghneim won $500, $300, and …

Best Practices in Autism: Autism in Adolescence will be held at the BYU Conference Center on January 30, 2015
[15 Jan 2015 | Comments Off ]
Second BYU Autism Conference to Focus on Adolescence

The changes and adjustments of adolescence are rarely easy.  But for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, change is even harder.
Best Practices in Autism: Autism in Adolescence, a one-day workshop to be held at the BYU Conference Center on January 30, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will emphasize ways to cope with autism during adolescence.
Presenters are from BYU, Utah State University, the University of …

“One of the biggest problems with early identification of autism is that many children aren't identified until they reach the school system,” said the study’s lead author and BYU assistant professor Terisa Gabrielsen. “This means that they have missed out on some prime years for intervention that can change a child's outcome.”
[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off ]
Study in Pediatrics: Brief observations miss autism symptoms in young children

As the rate of children with autism in the U.S. continues to grow, a new study published today in top-ranked journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals can’t rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect autism risk.
The study finds that 10-20-minute observations, such as a pediatric exam, don’t provide enough information about symptoms associated with autism. Within that short window, many children with autism display mostly typical behavior and may fail to receive a …