Jennifer Hickey is in her first year of the Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where she also worked as a registered behavior technician for The Autism Clinic (originally The Autism Program). With permission from the organization, Jennifer presented policy research on the history of TAP’s costs and services compared to that of approximated costs of school and community based services available in Sangamon County. After moving to Urbana-Champaign, she became the Children’s Outreach Graduate Assistant for University Housing and also works in the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders Lab. She has continued to pursue her MSW, with a special interest in school social work and early intervention. Jennifer hopes to apply her experience and research as a school social worker, working with students who have developmental disabilities and other diagnoses.
Allie Neumann is currently a Master’s student in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In May, 2016, Allie earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science at Indiana University Bloomington. During that time, Allie assisted in Dr. Steven Lulich’s Acoustic Lab examining the patterns of lingual articulation using a three-dimensional ultrasound system. Allie has been enjoying all that the field of Speech-Language Pathology has to offer. Her current interest is in language development, particularly for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Kathryn Prescott is in her second year of the clinical MA program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she assisted in Dr. Amy Booth’s Early Learning Lab examining the effects of causal information in early word learning. Under Dr. Megan Roberts, she completed a thesis project studying the effects of background noise on parents’ and their young children’s language output. While completing her MA-SLP degree, she has assisted Dr. Laura Hahn in establishing the Development in Neurogenetic Disorders Lab at the University of Illinois. Kathryn’s current interests include early language development, functional communication, and clinical applications for young children with developmental disabilities and other diagnoses.
Theresa Versaci is a master's student in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science. As an undergraduate, she was involved in the Child Language and Literacy Lab overseen by Dr. Laura DeThorne and the Child Language Lab overseen by Dr. Cynthia J. Johnson. Through her work in these labs, Theresa explored the areas of gestural-, language- and music-based communication treatments involving children with autism. During her undergraduate career, she also served as an intern at The Autism Program in Urbana, IL, creating visual supports for living skills, communication and social interaction. Theresa hopes to apply her current research in early development and Down syndrome to a future career in early intervention.