Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders , Master of Autism Studies
"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."
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.
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
AUST 560 Autism and Communication
SLP 505 Early Childhood Language Disorders
SLP 506 Later Childhood Language Disorders
SLP 524 Autism Spectrum Disorder
Saint Mary's College, Associate Professor, 2012–present
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
- 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
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.