Susan Latham

Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders Program Director, Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

"At the heart of what we do is create clinicians - thoughtful, reflective clinicians who base their decisions in evidence.  Students will gain firsthand experience in evaluating evidence by actually going out into the community and conducting research.  They'll have the opportunity to participate in studies that affect the course of peoples' lives."

21 Madeleva Hall | 574-284-4686 | slatham@saintmarys.edu

Susan Latham has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for her demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning in the field of speech language pathology. She has experience working as a professional speech language pathologist for schools and hospitals, conducting evaluations and designing IEP goals and objectives, as well as creating and teaching a preschool speech language program. Latham has also provided in-home intensive habilitation and training for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and trained teachers and teacher paraprofessionals in Autism Impaired (AI) programming.

Education

PhD, Michigan State University

MA, Michigan State University

BA, Saint Mary's College

Area of Expertise

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Early language and literacy
Child communicative disorders
 

Graduate Courses Taught

CSD 505: Early Childhood Language Disorders
CSD 506: Later Childhood Language Disorders
CSD 524: Autism Spectrum Disorder
 

Professional Experience

Saint Mary's College, Associate Professor, 2012–2015

Saint Mary's College, Assistant Professor, 2006–2012

Saint Mary's College, Lecturer, 2004–2006

Saint Mary's College, Adjunct Professor, 2003–2004

Michigan State University, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1998–2001

Awards and Honors

  • Efficacy of Augmented Sensorimotor Input for Learning Novel Verbal and Nonverbal Tasks among Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; The Interactive Social Robot Intervention Study. Maryjeanne R. Burke and Daughters Pretenure Faculty Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) Grant. Center for Academic Innovation, Saint Mary’s College, 2010
  • Faculty Summer Assessment Development Grant, 2008
  • Women Honoring Women Award, Saint Mary's College, 2007
  • Speech Language Pathology: It's more than "Rs, Ls, and Ss" - Development of the Evaluation and Intervention Courses, 2006

Professional Memberships

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 1995–present
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 1: Language Learning and Education, 2005–present
  • ASHA Special Interest Division 10: Issues in Higher Education, 2005–present
  • Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005–present
  • Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1995–present
  • Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 1994–present

Professional Speech Language Pathology Experience

  • Autism Consultant, Berrien County Intermediate School District, 1998–2000
  • Child and Family Support Program, The Kennedy Krieger Institute/The Johns Hopkins Hospitals, 1996–1998

 

Publications

  • With Stockman, I.J. Effect of Augmented Sensorimotor Input on Learning Verbal and Nonverbal Tasks Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44,1288-1302. DOI 10.1007/s10803-013-1990-9, 2014.
  • Engaging Families during Early Intervention: Coaching Strategies that Make a Difference. Invited presentation to the Indiana Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.
  • Assisting Young Children with Language Development and Acquisition through Language Experiences. Invited presentation for the local IRA (International Reading Association), 2012.
  • SISTAR Presentation: Efficacy of Augmented Sensorimotor Input for Learning Novel Verbal and Nonverbal Tasks among Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; The Interactive Social Robot Intervention Study. Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2010.
  • Developmental Apraxia. In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorder. New York, New York: Springer.
  • Dyspraxia. In Fred R. Volkmar (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorder. New York, New York: Springer.
  • Learning as a function of event participation among children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented to the Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association annual conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2008.
  • Learning as a function of event participation among children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the annual conference of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Miami Beach, Florida, 2006.
  • The Structure of Narratives and Developmental Changes. Presented at the Early Childhood Conference at IU South Bend, Indiana, February, 2006.
  • Once upon a time: The story on bookmaking for language intervention. Presented at the Early Childhood Conference at Indiana University South Bend, 2005.