Haskins researchers (with our collaborators from Yale University, University of Connecticut and partner institutions around the U.S. and around the world) continue to produce cutting-edge research on the genetic neurobiological physiological and cognitive bases of speech, language, reading and remediation of disabilities in each of these areas. The work continues to be published in top journals across a number of scientific disciplines with a number of new innovative NIH and NSF funded projects this year. Haskins scientists are immersed in several new cross-cutting initiatives at the lab including: 1) new NIH-funded research underway in a state-off-the-art developmental brain imaging lab with projects focused on the neurocognitive foundations of infant language acquisition, language acquisition in children with hearing loss; and early language links to later milestones such as reading, 2) a McDonnell Foundation sponsored initiative focused on improving our understanding of the neurocognitive foundations of statistical learning in the domains of typical or atypical language development that has brought together many of the leading researchers in this field, 3) an expanded role of the Haskins Training Institute for training and transfering state of the science information to educators and clinicians, 4) the development of partnerships with a number of schools for children with special needs, and 5) the recently inaugurated Haskins Global Language and Literacy Innovation Hub.
Our focus in the coming years is to leverage tools developed by our federally funded studies and begin to push the envelope on neuroscience-informed learning and remediation approaches for all populations across the life span. We are in the process of raising funds to employ portable brain imaging devices that can track learning in the classroom or the clinic and can provide information during treatment on individuals that can provide guidance on the longstanding issue of “what works for whom and why”. This is where the science wants and needs to go; to deliver on the promise of brain-based individuated learning. But to get there we need robust and respectful partnerships between scientists educators and clinicians and new funding models to support tools, technology and personnel.
Along with our formal affiliations with Yale University, the Yale Child Study Center, the University of Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences and our extensive national and international research partnerships, we are ideally positioned to impact positive change in a number of speech, language, reading and literacy areas. But research that seeks the cutting edge needs new kinds of funding mechanisms and we ask for your support. We have a number of targeted areas for giving that in different ways can help facilitate our mission to facilitate positive change to those in need across the life span.