Jessica Caron, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

401G Ford Building
University Park PA 16877

814-863-6247

(fax) 814-865-8133

jgc169@psu.edu

Education

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2016

Teaching Interests

Mainstream technologies (such as the mobile technologies, social media, apps) have changed the way people interact with the world. These technologies occupy every aspect of daily life today, from communication to leisure, education, politics, and even culture. There is an urgent need for all individuals, including individuals with disabilities and complex communication needs (CCN), to have the skills and tools to use these technologies and participate in an increasing text-based society, or individuals are at great risk for further exclusion.
Due to this, my research interests include maximizing communication competence and enhancing quality of life for individuals who have significant speech and language impairments and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) through:
(1) use and design of mainstream communication modalities (e.g., iPads and apps, social media), and;
(2) adapted literacy instruction to improve outcomes and maximize participation in the 21st century for individuals with severe disabilities and speech disorders.

Research Interests

My research interests include maximizing communication competence and enhancing quality of life for individuals who have significant speech and language impairments and require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) through: (a) improvement of literacy outcomes, (b) use of mainstream communication modalities (e.g., access to social media or mobile technology), and (c) enhancement of design and use of high tech communication methods.

Selected Publications

Caron, J., Light, J. & Drager, K. (2016). Operational demands of AAC mobile technology applications on programming vocabulary and engagement during professional and child interactions. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 32, 12-24. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1126636

Caron, J., & Light, J. (2016). “Social Media has Opened a World of ‘Open communication:’” Experiences of adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication and social media. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 32, 25-40. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1052887

Caron, J. & Light, J. (2016). Social media experiences of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication. Manuscript accepted: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2016.1143970

Caron, J. (2016). Engagement in Social Media Environments for Individuals with who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Manuscript accepted: NeuroRehabilitation

Caron, J., Light, J., Breakstone, B., & Drager, K. (2016). Comparison of the Effects of Mobile Technology AAC Apps on Programming VSDs. Manuscript submitted: Assistive Technology

Holyfield, C., Drager, K., Caron, J., & Light, J. (2016). Typical toddlers’ participation in “just in time” programming of vocabulary for visual scene display AAC apps on mobile technology. Manuscript accepted: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

Holyfield, C., Caron, J., Drager, K., & Light, J. (2016). Effect of mobile technology featuring visual scene displays and “just-in-time” programming support on the communication turns of pre-adolescents and adolescents who are beginning communicators. Manuscript submitted: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools

Caron, J., & Light, J. (2015). “My World Has Expanded Even Though I'm Stuck at Home”: Experiences of individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis who use augmentative and alternative communication and social media. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24, 680-695.doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-15-0010

Caron, J. (2015). “We Bought an iPad”: Considering Family Priorities, Needs, and Preferences as an AAC Support Provider. SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24, 5-11.

Courses Taught

CSD 597 Special Topics