More Than Words

Speech-Language Research Investigates Communication Gestures In Autistic Adults

Spoken language involves more than the use of words: We vary our pitch, tempo, loudness and movements to emphasize words and change their meaning within a sentence. When we emphasize a word, it affects how the listener interprets it. This emphasis is one element of prosody of English speakers — the intonation, stress, and rhythm that tells the listener what's important in the sentence...

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Person indoors wearing sensors stuck to the lips, head, shoulders, chest and arm

Spotlight On: Kaitlin Vogen ’23

Kaitlin Vogen ’23 works as a research assistant for a Ph.D. candidate investigating motor speech. The study explores how individuals on the autism spectrum move their arms and mouths while communicating.

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Student Lauren Rauert standing on UVM campus.

Meet Lauren Rauert '22

Lauren Rauert, Communication Sciences and Disorders ’22, remembers feeling anxious in her first year at UVM, and she wants to help other students feel comfortable and connected. Rauert volunteers for CNHS LINKS, a peer mentor group providing first-year CNHS students with friendship and guidance.

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