- Micheal P Sandbank
Micheal P Sandbank
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Micheal Sandbank has worked with individuals with disabilities across all age groups, both as a teacher and an interventionist. Presently, she researches factors that influence language acquisition in young children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her program of research involves the analysis of multiple types of data, including naturalistic language samples and neural measures of speech processing in young children. Dr. Sandbank is particularly interested in the use of neural measures of speech processing to identify clinically useful practices for language intervention for young children with disabilities. She also specializes in specific research methodologies, including meta-analysis and generalizability theory.
Dr. Sandbank is the head of the Brain and Language Lab, the lead researcher on Project AIM , and is currently accepting doctoral students.
Ph.D. in Special Education, Vanderbilt University, 2015
M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Vanderbilt University, 2011
B.A. in Modern Language, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, 2006
Researches factors that influence language acquisition for children with autism by analyzing naturalistic language samples and neural measures of speech processing. Uses meta-analysis to examine intervention effects for children with autism. Contributes to investigations that use generalizability theory to examine factors that influence scores of reading and writing.
Member, Doctoral Program Committee, Special Education Department, University of Texas at Austin(2017)
Member, Doctoral Student Protocol Review Committee, Special Education Department, University of Texas at Austin(2017)
Member, Editorial Review Board, Topics In Early Childhood Special Education(2016)
Member, Undergraduate Advisory Council, Special Education Department, University of Texas at Austin(2016)
Grant Reviewer, Insights Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2016 - 2017)
Sandbank, M., Bottema-Beutel, K., Crowley, S., Cassidy, M., Dunham, K., Feldman, JI., Crank, J., Albarran, SA., Raj, S., Mahbub, P. & Woynaroski, T. (2019). Project AIM: Autism Intervention Meta-analysis for Studies of Young Children. Psychological Bulletin. doi:https://doi.org/10.1037/bul0000215.
Albarran, S. & Sandbank, M. (2018). Teaching Non-target Information to Children with Disabilities: An Examination of Instructive Feedback Literature. Journal of Behavioral Education, 1–34.
Sandbank, M. & Cascio, C. (2018). Using a motion-tracking device to facilitate motion control in children with ASD for neuroimaging.. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 1–11.
Wilson, J., Chen, D., Sandbank, M. & Hebert, M. (2018). Generalizability of automated scores of writing quality in grades 3-5. Journal of Educational Psychology.
Sandbank, M., Woynaroski, T., Watson, L., Gardner, E., Keceli Kaysili, B. & Yoder, P. (2017). Predicting Intentional Communication in Preverbal Preschoolers with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(6), 1581–1594. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3052-1.
Sandbank, M., Yoder, P. & Key, A. (2017). Word processing in children with ASD: Evidence from event-related potentials.. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
Sandbank, M. & Yoder, P. (2016). The Association Between Parental Mean Length of Utterance and Language Outcomes in Children With Disabilities: A Correlational Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 25(2), 240–251.
Graham, S., Hebert, M., Sandbank, M. & Harris, K. (2016). Assessing the writing achievement of young struggling writers: application of generalizability theory.. Learning Disability Quarterly, 39(2), 72–82. doi:10.1177/0731948714555019.
Yoder, P., Tostanoski, A. & Sandbank, M. (2014). Adding modeled speech-generating device use to a naturalistic language intervention facilitates generalized communicative spoken utterances immediately after treatment and generalized gains on declarative use 12 weeks after treatment ends in children with ASD who began treatment in the "word combination" stage. Evidence-Based communication Assessment and Intervention(8), 157–162.
Sandbank, M. & Yoder, P. (2014). Measuring representative communication in young children with developmental delay.. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 34(3), 133–141. doi:10.1177/0271121414528052.
Bottema-Beutel, K., Yoder, P., Woynaroski, T. & Sandbank, M. (2014). Targeted interventions for social communication symptoms in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders.. Handbook of Autism Spectrum Disorders (4ed., pp. 788–812). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Yoder, P., Bottema-Beutel, K., Woynaroski, T., Chandrasekhar, R. & Sandbank, M. (2013). Social communicative intervention effects vary by dependent variable type in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders.. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 7, 150–174. doi:10.1080/17489539.2014.917780.
Word Processing in Language-Learning Children (The Child Talk Study)
Parents across the world use a special kind of speech when they speak to young children and babies: they speak slowly and they use high and exaggerated pitch. Some call this type of speaking "baby talk" or child-directed speech. Most babies show a natural preference for this kind of speech, and new evidence shows that it helps young children learn language. The goal of the child talk study is to understand what happens in young kids brains when they hear words presented in child-directed versus adult-directed speech. Young word-learning children will come to our kid-friendly lab and listen to words (like 'ball' and 'book') and nonwords (like 'teg' and 'neem') spoken in child- and adult-directed speech, while a hat of sensors records their brainwaves. Do young children exhibit a stronger neural response to words presented in child talk? Does this change as they develop and learn more words? The answers to these questions can help us to better understand how child-directed speech helps young typically developing children learn language.
Word Processing and Autism
While most babies and young children show a natural preference for child talk, or child-directed speech, some children with autism do not seem to "tune in" to child talk in the same way that their peers do. Some recent evidence suggests that a lack of attention to this kind of speech may make language learning difficult for young children with autism. The goal of the word processing and autism study is to understand what happens in the brains of young children with autism as they hear words presented in child- versus adult-directed speech. Young children with autism that are just beginning to learn words will come to our kid-friendly lab and listen to words (like 'ball' and 'book') and nonwords (like 'teg' and 'neem') spoken in child- and adult-directed speech, while a hat of sensors records their brainwaves. Do young children with autism exhibit a stronger response to words presented in child talk? Is it similar to the response exhibited by young typically developing children? Does the strength of their response to words spoken in child talk or adult-directed speech predict the number of words that they know? The answers to these questions can help us to understand how different types of speech help children with autism learn language, and to consider ways to improve support.
Imitation in Kids with Autism
Children can learn many skills through imitation, but children with autism often struggle to develop the ability to imitate. With supervision from Dr. Micheal Sandbank, doctoral student Nicolette Caldwell is conducting a study to compare two different interventions for teaching children with autism to imitate. As part of this study, all participants recieved 12 20-min intervention sessions over the course of 6 weeks, delivered in their home or a convenient location. Parents and participants also completed a 15-min play session, which was video-recorded, before and after the intervention. Data collection has been completed and is currently being analyzed. The results of this study will help us to determine the best method for teaching young children with autism to imitate so that they can continue to learn other skills through imitation over the course of childhood.
Project AIM: Autism Early Intervention Meta-Analysis
In 2011, a review of early interventions for children with autism published in the journal Pediatrics indicated that only 2 high quality group design studies had been published on this topic. The authors of the review concluded that our knowledge about the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism was limited. The past five years has seen a tidal wave of studies published in this area. Dr. Micheal Sandbank of the Brain and Language Lab, in concert with colleagues from the ACER Lab at Boston College and the BAND Lab at Vanderbilt University, has quantitatively summarized 150 reports of group design early intervention studies for children with autism. The first work from this project is published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.
Small Grants Proposal, College of Education (2020 - 2020)
Dean's Fellowship, College of Education (2018 - 2018)
Summer Research Assignment, College of Education (2017 - 2017)
Robert Gaylord Ross Writing Award, Vanderbilt University (2014)
Graduate Honor Scholarship, Vanderbilt University (2011 - 2015)
Peabody Dean's Fellowship, Vanderbilt University (2011 - 2015)
Motherhood and Academia, Special Education Doctoral Students, The University of Texas at Austin (2019)
Part C and Section 619: Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Law, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, (2018)
What's happening when language-learning children hear words? Measuring word processing in children with and without ASD., Autism Consortium, The University of Texas (2018)
Autism, Baby Talk, and the Development of Language Comprehension, Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building (2017)
Susanne A Albarran, Ph.D., expected 2020 (Supervisor)
Meta-analysis as a methodology for investigating the effects of interventions on outcomes for young children with autism Language development in young children with autism or children who are at risk for autism Neural measures of speech processing in young children Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for individuals with autism and related disorders
Nicolette S Caldwell (Supervisor)
Marcos H Canihuante (Supervisor)
Jenna E Crank (Supervisor)
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|2020||Spring||SED 384: Communication Intervention|
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|2019||Spring||SED 384: Communication Intervention|
|2018||Fall||SED 384: 1-Overview Early Childhd Sed|
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|2017||Fall||SED 384: 1-Overview Early Childhd Sed|
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|2017||Spring||SED 384: Communication Intervention|
|2017||Spring||SED 378E: Adv Early Childhood Interventn|
|2016||Fall||SED 384: 1-Overview Early Childhd Sed|
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|2016||Spring||SED 378E: Adv Early Childhood Interventn|
|2015||Fall||SED 384: 1-Overview Early Childhd Sed|
Brain and Language Lab
The Brain and Language Lab examines language development in young typically developing children and those with developmental disabilities using brain and behavioral measures. We strive to conduct research that will inform us about potential treatment approaches when language is delayed.