Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Dr. Julie Washington’s research focuses on the language of African American children, both typically developing and language impaired, from preschool through fifth grade. Distinguishing impairments from linguistic differences in both reading and oral language are areas of specific focus.
Georgia Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub (GLDRH). The GLDRH is an NIH (National Institutes of Health)-funded initiative focused on improving understanding of the reading and language performance of low-income, African American children growing up in poverty. The goal of this research is to improve our ability to assess and identify reading disabilities in low income African American children who speak African American English (AAE).
African American Child Language Corpus. Though not a specific project, the African American Child Language Corpus permits development of ongoing investigations of the language performance of African American children in grades preschool through fifth grade, and their families. The corpus includes standardized reading, language, speech, and cognitive test data, spontaneous language samples, parent survey and test data, detailed family history information, developmental and academic data. These data provide a rich sample for development of student projects.