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2012-02-08 / Education

Dr. Stephen Oller chosen to deliver A&M-Kingsville faculty lecture

By Jason Marton Texas A&M-Kingsville

The Milestones Scale of Development originated in 1999. Its purpose is to assess autism spectrum disorders. The basis for the scale is that language is dependent on an individual’s ability to handle representations of increasing levels of abstractness.

How the scale has changed from its original design, the reliability of the scale, and current projects to continue the validation of the scale — this is the heart of this year’s Faculty Lecture, to be delivered in spring 2012 by Dr. Stephen Oller, associate professor in the Department of Biological and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The title of the lecture is Assessing ASDs Using the Individual’s Representational Capacity: Reliability Based on Student and Professional Ratings. The Faculty Lecturer is selected each year through a Faculty Senate committee. The spring event is free and open to the public. The date will be announced later in the semester.

Oller has been a faculty member at TAMUK since fall 2005. He has co-authored three books — Autism: The Diagnosis, Treatment and Etiology of the Undeniable Epidemic; Cases: An Introduction to Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders; and Milestones: Normal Speech and Language Development Across the Life Span. He has a book in-progress, Theory to Practice: Language Disorders in Children, that he is co-authoring. He also has authored and co-authored a number of refereed journal articles, nonrefereed articles and monographs.

Among the conferences he has presented at are the Sertoma International Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the annual meeting of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, the annual meeting of the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association, and the annual meetings of both the Texas and Louisiana Speech Language and Hearing Associations.

Oller is a member of both the American and Texas State Speech/Language and Hearing Associations.

Among Oller’s service activities at TAMUK, he currently is a member of the Institutional Review Board for Research and Human Subjects, and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences 1201 Course Development Committee.

Oller holds a Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Psychology, with a minor in English, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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