Leah Fabiano-Smith awarded NIH R01 grant to study speech sound disorders in bilingual children

Leah Fabiano-Smith
Monday, July 16, 2018

We congratulate SLHS Associate Professor Leah Fabiano-Smith on being awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant for her project, Assessment of Speech Sound Disorders in Latino Preschoolers: An Evidence-Based Procedure. This five-year research grant will fund the development of an evidence-based assessment procedure for bilingual Spanish-English speaking preschoolers with suspected speech sound disorders. This research will take into account both the languages of the bilingual child to achieve a high level of diagnostic accuracy, thereby reducing the rate of misdiagnosis in this population. The result of this work will be a quick and easy-to-administer evaluation protocol that takes into consideration bilingual children's speech sound abilities in both of their languages. Congratulations, Dr. Fabiano-Smith!

Check out Dr. Fabiano-Smith on KGUN News talking about this grant! And this story in Tucson Weekly, "UA Receives Grant to Help Bilingual Children's Speech".