Emily Laubscher head shot

Assistant Professor

Department Speech-Language Pathology

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

    About

    Dr. Emily Laubscher is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She has worked clinically in outpatient, private practice, and school settings. Her experience has been primarily with children and adults with complex communication needs who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

    Typical classes taught at Regis:

    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    • Child Language Disorders
    • Evaluation and Clinical Writing
    • Speech-Language Pathology in the Schools

    Education

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Pennsylvania State University

    Awards Honors

    Sertoma Hearts-n-Hands Scholarship in Communicative Disorders (2019)

    Health and Human Development Endowed Graduate Fellowship (2019), Penn State

    Penn State AAC Doctoral Leadership Grant (2018-2019), Penn State

    Robert Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship (2017), Penn State

    McElwee-Souretis Scholarship (2007), MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Grants:

    Laubscher, E. (Student Principal Investigator). Effect of a parent training on vocabulary use for young children with autism spectrum disorder. ASH Foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development, December 2019-December, 2020..

    Laubscher, E. (Student Principal Investigator). Effects of AAC technology on communication and play for children with autism. Graduate Research Grant awarded by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), July 2018-December 2019.

    Holyfield, C., Pope, L., Light, J., Laubscher, E., Jakobs, E., Pfaff, O., and McNaughton, D. (2023). Effects of an AAC technology decoding feature on single-word reading by individuals with Down syndrome and limited functional speech. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 32(3), 1195-1211. https://doi.org/10.1044/2023_AJSLP-22-00255

    Laubscher, E., Barwise, A., and Light, J. (2022). The effect of video AAC technology on communication and play with peers for children with autism spectrum disorder. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 53(4), 1101-1116. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_LSHSS-21-00136

    Laubscher, E., Raulston, T. J., and Ousley, C. (2020). Supporting peer interactions in the inclusive preschool classroom using visual scene displays. Journal of Special Education Technology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162643420981561

    Laubscher, E. and Light, J. (2020). Core vocabulary lists for young children and considerations for early language development: a narrative review. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 36(1), 43-53. https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2020.1737964

    Laubscher, E., Light, J., and McNaughton, D. (2019). Effect of an application with video visual scene displays on communication during play: pilot study of a child with autism spectrum disorder and a peer. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 35(4), 299-308. https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2019.1699160

    Books and Book Chapters:

    Laubscher, E., and Wilkinson, K. M. (2020). Augmentative and alternative communication: purposes and design considerations across the lifespan. In K. M. Wilkinson and L. Finestack, Multi-Modal Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Down Syndrome across the Lifespan (Chapter 3). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

    Shane, H.C.; Laubscher, E., Schlosser, R.W., Fadie, H.L., Sorce, J., Abramson, J.S., Flynn, S., and Corley, K. (2015). Enhancing communication for individuals with autism: A guide to the visual immersion system. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

    Therrien, M., Whalon, K., and Laubscher, E. (2023, February). Using Visual Scene Displays to Support Communication for Children Who Use AAC. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Assistive Technology Industry Association, Orlando, FL.

    Laubscher, E., Light, J., McNaughton, D., Holyfield, C., Jakobs, E., Zimmerman, T., Pfaff, O., Gormley, J., McCarty, T., Pope, L., and Brittlebank-Douglas, S. (2022, November). Supporting Communication Partners to Model AAC: Development of a Mobile Training. Technical session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA

    Zimmerman, T., Laubscher, E., Light, J., Jakobs, E., McNaughton, D., Pfaff, O., Holyfield, C., Pope, L., and Atiyeh, H. (2022, November). Supporting Decoding by Individuals with Cerebral Palsy, IDD, and ASD Through an AAC App Feature. Technical session presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New Orleans, LA.

    Laubscher, E., Pope, L., and Light, J. (2021, November). Parent Perspectives on Communication and AAC for Beginning Communicators on the Autism Spectrum. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, DC.

    Laubscher, E., Barwise, A., Light, J., and McNaughton, D. (2019, Nov.). Effect of an AAC app on communication and play for children with autism and peers. Technical session presented at the ASHA annual convention, Orlando, FL.