Two College of Education students, both communication disorders majors, presented posters at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. The convention was held in Philadelphia last November and more than 12,000 members attended (see http://www.asha.org/events/convention). Breana Romero, a graduate student in the communication disorders program, presented a poster titled “Social Media Utilization in the Autism Community.” Poster abstract – Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. The utilization pattern of social media by families where autism is present is currently unknown. This study explored the participation and usage of various social media platforms by people with ASD and their families.
Lauren Renken is an undergraduate student in the communication disorders program. She presented a poster titled, “Social Media Utilization of the Tinnitus Community.” Poster abstract – Tinnitus, a perception of sound in the absence of an external source, is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. “Ringing in the ears” affects more than 45 million people. This poster explores the currently unknown usage of social media platforms of people affected by tinnitus.
Both students were mentored by Moumita Choudhury. Choudhury is the director of Audiology and college assistant professor in the communication disorders program at NMSU.