Jack S Damico

Jack S Damico
University of Colorado Boulder | CUB · Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I operate as a social scientist with degrees in communicative disorders and linguistics and experience in speech-language pathology and applied linguistics with interests in language as social action, aphasia, literacy, second language acquisition, language-learning, and language use. Although I have conducted a number of experimental studies, my main interests lie in qualitative research methodologies and the extent to which they can inform language learning and language usage in clinical, educational, and second language contexts.
Additional affiliations
August 2019 - present
University of Colorado Boulder
Position
  • Chair
August 2019 - present
University of Colorado Boulder
Position
  • Professor (Full)
October 2014 - September 2018
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Position
  • CEO
Education
September 1981 - August 1985
University of New Mexico
Field of study
  • Linguistics
August 1974 - May 1976
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Field of study
  • Communicative Disorders
August 1971 - August 1974
Northwestern State University
Field of study
  • Zoology/General Studies

Publications

Publications (228)
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Over the past 100 years, reading research employing eye movement has shown to have various applications in many disciplines associated with special populations. Among these applications is investigation of underlying cognitive processes in reading and the strategies all readers utilize while interacting with texts. In this entry, we aim to introduc...
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Background: The literature on typically developing children’s literacy acquisition provides a conventional model of development; however, little is available regarding how children with communicative disorders develop literacy abilities over time. This study describes the temporal trajectories of reading development in three children with diagnoses...
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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to report the results from a research project which focused on understanding how motivation to read is manifested and maintained in children with learning impairments. The participants were enrolled in a specialized university literacy program with graduate student clinicians. Method: An interpretative, quali...
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This chapter describes the impact on speech and language development of being born with a cleft‐related condition when surgery to repair the cleft is performed in a timely manner. Intervention for children born with cleft palate may be needed to target a number of speech, language, and communication needs, often similar to children not born with cl...
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Voice disorders are problems of speech physiology, acoustics, and/or perception. They can result from a variety of respiratory, laryngeal and/or vocal tract changes. Differences among the prevalence studies include the target population, sample size, voice disorder definition, and data collection methods. Recent developments concerning voice and vo...
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Speech intelligibility is a fundamental feature of spoken communication, involving the production of an acoustic signal by a speaker and the decoding of that signal by a listener. Intelligibility impairment is an issue across the lifespan, for a range of clinical populations that frequent the speech‐language pathologist's caseload. For children, an...
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The speech disorders related to head and neck cancer result from structural changes of the vocal tract. The medical treatment and the rehabilitation of the head and neck cancer patient require a multidisciplinary team. Since the laryngectomy removes the sound source for speech, one of the earliest ideas for laryngectomy voice rehabilitation was to...
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This chapter provides a brief overview of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It discusses the cognitive‐communication disorders that tend to follow the injury. The chapter also discusses potential cognitive interpretations for communication deficits, focusing on the areas of attention and information processing, memory, and executive functions. The chap...
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood, exists across cultures. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual‐5 taxonomy, ADHD is viewed as involving developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention and hyperactive–impulsive behaviour. R. Barkley claims that these ADHD symptoms...
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This chapter discusses the word gap, and reviews the individual differences in both lexical and grammatical development. It describes the link between lexis and grammar in relation to language delay. A real or perceived delay in language development is a red flag for parents, educators, and clinicians. Language is ultimately modifiable by experienc...
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To understand the impact of labeling and how it functions, this chapter discusses the social theory behind labeling and describes the role of labeling within the formalized diagnostic process, including some of the mechanisms employed to help establish the practice of assigning diagnostic labels for various perceived deviations. It also details som...
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Charles, a Master's degree in hand, reports for work in a children's hospital as a member of the outpatient speech‐language pathology team. He is assigned to a team treating voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders in children, as well as a craniofacial anomalies team. His clients will range from birth to 18 years of age. In this chapter, the...
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Apraxia of speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder that affects both children and adults. This chapter provides a detailed review of AOS in adults and children, from its definition and etiology to its diagnosis and treatment. Aphasia, developmental language disorders, and dysarthria often coexist with AOS. Differential diagnosis, and therefore asse...
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This chapter highlights the diversity considerations in the clinical practice of speech and language disorders (SLDs), aiming to reaffirm the necessity of making such considerations stand out in the minds of clinical service providers not as an elective facet of their agenda, but as an imperative concern. It deals with theoretical and practical asp...
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Hearing loss is a symptom associated with multiple disease processes, a receptive communication condition that corrodes social interaction and, as an acquired condition, it is a curse with many concomitant effects. This chapter reviews recent advances in the causes of, and problems associated with, hearing loss, while presenting advances in the tre...
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In their seminal work on motor speech disorders, Darley, Aronson, and Brown applied the term dysarthria to all abnormalities of spoken language “resulting from disturbances in muscular control over the speech mechanisms due to damage of the central or peripheral nervous system”. A little researched field is the dysarthrias associated with cerebral...
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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is “an area of clinical practice that addresses the needs of individuals with significant and complex communication disorders characterized by impairments in speech‐language production and/or comprehension, including spoken and written modes of communication”. There are two types of AAC systems: unai...
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The term aphasia is commonly used with the language impairments that develop in a range of dementias and other progressive conditions. The term also includes what is most often called apraxia of speech, sometimes called motor aphasia or aphemia: impairments in the fluent production of speech arising from damage to the mechanisms controlling the pla...
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Dementia and neurological conditions leading to dementia have had an increasing impact on healthcare and healthcare planning around the world in recent decades. This chapter aims to situate dementia into a context suitable for students, practitioners and researchers in the field of communication sciences and disorders. The dementia categories most...
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This chapter reviews information relating to the definition, onset, development, treatment, and theory surrounding fluency and fluency disorders. Currently, there is a trend toward a broader view of stuttering. The method by which speech‐language pathologists evaluate stuttering is defined by the paradigm of stuttering to which they subscribe. Beha...
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Learning disabilities are neurologically based impairments in learning and/or processing that specifically interfere with higher‐level cognitive skills. Learning disabilities can significantly impact academic progress and achievement at any or all ages. Learning disability is a general category composed of many types of disabilities in seven areas....
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This chapter highlights the current state of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), early markers of autism, the gold standards for comprehensive assessment, principles for intervention decision‐making, and established evidence‐based interventions. Speech‐language pathologists play a critical role in the early identification pr...
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Although it is well established that many genetic syndromes are associated with communication disorders, there is still a large number of disorders for which there is no information available. This chapter focuses on Williams syndrome (WS) and Down syndrome (DS) because these syndromes have been particularly implicated in theoretical debates about...
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Key markers of normal speech development include babbling in the first year, attainment of intelligible meaningful speech by the age of 4 years, and adult‐like speech accuracy at age 9 years. Many children do not achieve these speech acquisition milestones at the expected rate and are thus diagnosed with a speech sound disorder (SSD). This chapter...
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This chapter considers the role of different forms of psychosocial adversity as risk factors for compromised language and literacy development in childhood and adolescence. Language skills play a central role in the development of prosocial interpersonal skills as well as promoting academic success through the transition to literacy. The chapter al...
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This chapter provides the practicing clinician with an overview of the primary issues related to literacy and literacy impairments. It discusses the conceptualizations of literacy as a social practice and as a personal skill. The chapter defines literacy and literacy impairment and reviews how these definitions are dependent on contrasting views of...
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This chapter sets out to characterize the attribution of communicative intentions to a speaker during communication as the culmination of an extended process of mental state attribution that draws on “evidence” from various sources, including gestures, facial expressions, and the prosodic features of utterances. The contribution of mentalizing skil...
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Damage to the right cerebral hemisphere (RHD) may cause a variety of disorders involving communication, attention, and executive functions. Disorders commonly associated with RHD include impairments in attention, including visuospatial neglect; cognitive deficits apparent primarily in executive function and awareness; reduced use and production of...
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The acquisition of language is one of the most important milestones in early childhood. Language is much more than a means to communicate. It plays an important role in problem solving, thinking, and building and maintaining relationships. This chapter provides an overview of some central issues concerning one of the most common developmental disor...
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Oral reading fluency is recognized as an important variable associated with the assessment of reading proficiency. Frequently, fluency assessments distill a child’s overall reading fluency to a single numerical score. Even when multiple dimensions are considered, the processes informing the nuance of the reading fluency variations are ignored. In o...
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Purpose Social approaches to intervention for aphasia are being increasingly employed to address the functional communication barriers experienced by persons with aphasia. One specific approach is the use of conversation-based treatment in both group and two-person dyads. Although there are several methods to measure improvement for stimulation and...
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Purpose The purpose of this clinical focus article is to present an overview of the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia as it relates to issues in long-term care (LTC) and provide practical recommendations for implementing the approach in this setting. The Framework for Living With Aphasia is used as a guide to (a) highlight specific challenges...
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Background: When facilitating an aphasia group conversation, many facilitators engage in key wording or the action of writing down brief notes on the conversation. Though available sources provide general information about key wording and its benefits, no observational, interaction-oriented studies of key wording currently exist. Cognitive ethnogra...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the ability of persons with aphasia to access interaction and be included in social encounters in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Method: Four persons with aphasia were the focus of this investigation. A qualitative research approach using ethnographic methods was used to conduct participant o...
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This is an entry for the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders" published by Sage -- expected publication in Spring 2019
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This is an entry for the "Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders" published by Sage. Expected publication in Spring 2019.
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This is an entry for the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders" published by Sage -- expected publication in Spring 2019
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This is an entry for the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders" published by Sage -- expected publication in Spring 2019
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This is an entry for the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders" published by Sage -- expected publication in Spring 2019
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An overview of Descriptive Assessment for the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders
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An overview of quantitative research for the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders.
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An entry in the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders providing an overview of constructivism.
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An overview of qualitative research for the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders
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A detailed description of Intellectual Disability for the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Anchored Assessment is defined and explained with a detailed entry for the Encyclopedia of Human Communication Sciences and Disorders
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The actual power point from the presentation we did at ASHA Connect 2017 in New Orelans on Descriptive and Authentic Assessment
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This study is a reflective account of how problem solving was accomplished during the translation of semi-structured interviews from a source language to a target language. Data are drawn from two qualitative research studies in which Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to obtain insights into the lived experience of parents of childr...
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Background: Pediatric dysphagia arises from various etiologies but often coincides with complex health issues. Tasks associated with the management of pediatric dysphagia are often unfamiliar and arduous, leaving a heavy burden on the primary caregiver. Little is known regarding how these experiences affect caregivers and family systems. Aims: This...
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A power point presentation for a lecture in our capstone course for graduate students
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A power point presentation for a lecture in our capstone course for graduate students
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An initial handout to our student explaining our constructivist approach to conversational therapy designed for individuals with aphasia.
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This initial handout is used to train our Graduate students in the use of our meaning-based approach to literacy intervention in our Summer Aphasia Project which focuses on authentic conversational skills and literacy
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This is a working draft of a project we have undertaken on literacy issues in young children with ASD. It is a first draft of a more completed (and modified) manuscript to be published in a book collection later in the year. Please do not cite without author permission.
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A set of 10 actions and activities that a monolingual SLP can employ to work with bilingual students on her/his caseload
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t is increasingly recognized that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) do not simply treat language and communication ABSTRACT: Purpose: Accents may have an impact on how a speaker's personality is perceived, and such dynamics may impact the therapeutic relationship. This study examined how speech-language pathology students in the Acadiana (Cajun)...
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Based on a study of 40 school-age children (20 identified as "language disordered" and 20 as "normal language users"), the discriminant validity of a direct observational assessment system is investigated. Results indicate strong discriminant validity on most of the measurement parameters of this tool, Systematic Observation of Communicative Intera...
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Background: The progressive interest in social activities within the life and clinical efforts of persons with aphasia makes it necessary to focus more clinical attention on conversation as a site for therapy and as a goal for intervention. A number of innovative approaches have been designed, but most fall sort when authentic conversation is consi...
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A qualitative investigation of the impact of literacy problems at home and in school
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Abstract This article reviews the scholarly contributions of Michael R. Perkins in the discipline of clinical linguistics and provides some indication of the reasons that he has been so successful. Three primary attributes were described through an analysis of his publications.