Bilingual Language Acquisition Brains (BLAB) Lab
Co-Directors: Dr. Maria Resendiz and Dr. Maria Diana Gonzales
The BLAB Lab aims to make speech-language pathology services accessible by identifying and reducing barriers for those with limited access, locally and internationally. Community partners include Austin Smiles and Instituto Salvadoreno Rehabilitacion Intelgral (ISRI) [Salvadoran Integral Rehabilitation Institute]. Collaborators include faculty from the Ingram School of Engineering, Sociology, Biology, Modern Languages, and Counseling. Current research involves the development of a training program to train Salvadoran therapists to provide speech therapy to children post-cleft palate repair in their home country, development of an app for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intentional focused recruitment of high school Latinas in STEM, translation guidelines for speech-language pathologists, narrative development in bilingual preschoolers, effectiveness of storybook translations from English into Spanish.