Research Projects

One of the main aims of IEEL is the support of research in the field of Speech Pathology and Therapy regarding intervention and assessment. Recently two new research projects are   in our interest:


1. Adaptation and standardization of Assessment of Pragmatic Language and Social Communication (APLSC) (Hyter& Applegate, 2012)

The pragmatic language and social communication functions of language allows one to make sense of social situations, use language appropriately in different circumstances, and behave in ways that match the expectations of those social situations (Coggins, Timler  & Olswang, 2001; 2007; Hyter, 2012; Hyter& Sloane, 2013; Timler, 2008). Based on observation and knowledge of the child, the APLSC Caregiver Report assesses the child and his or her interactions with peers and/or family members.

The Assessment of Pragmatic Language and Social Communication (APLSC) is a battery of measures based on children who are between the ages of 4 and 6 years of age. The APLSC Caregiver Report is designed to be completed by a primary caretaker (e.g., parent, foster parent or other caregiver) who has known the child being assessed for at least one month.

For additional questions about the administration, use and scoring of the APLSC, please contact Dr. Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 –


2.  Intensive Interaction  approach, questionnaire for satisfaction

Intensive Interaction is an approach where the member of staff is the main teaching resource, using personal qualities of face, voice and body language to involve the learner in progressive sequences of interactive activities.  These activities provide the person with learning difficulties with the opportunity to learn the pre-speech fundamentals of communication such as enjoying being with another person, giving sustained attention, turn-taking, use and understanding of eye contacts, facial expressions, body language and non-verbal signaling.

Aim of  the study is  to find out the opinion of clinicians and parents regarding the benefits of II approach  and the results of this in the developmental process of their children or cases.

There are two questionnaires one for clinicians and the other for parents, they have to answer in the specific questions and the analysis of the answers will provide the researchers with the appropriate information  for facing the research aim.

For additional information contact Dr. I. Vogindroukas,