Virginia LEND Research Poster Fair 2013

April 25, 2013

The Va-LEND hosted the annual Research Poster Fair on the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.  LEND trainees designed and presented posters as an assignment in the Spring 2013 Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Course. Each trainee had a faculty mentor who provided guidance and support during the development of the poster and an abstract. Seventeen LEND trainees participated in the experience and presented the following topics:

  • Adaptive Behavior Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Barriers Children with Special Health Care Needs Face When Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care
  • Barriers to Autism Diagnosis and Treatment for African American Children
  • Effectiveness of Modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy on Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Efficacy of Hippotherapy in Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Evidence of Over and/or Under Representation of English Language Learners in Special Education
  • Evidence-Based Interventions and Instruction for Adults with Specific Learning Disabilities Obtaining a General Education Development Certificate
  • Factors and Perceptions of Coping in Parents Coping with Children Diagnosed with Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Impact of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices on Youth with Cerebral Palsy during the Transition to Postsecondary Education
  • Inclusion in Faith Communities for Children with Disabilities
  • Individual Characteristics Associated with Self-Injurious Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Medicaid's Impact on Society and Family Quality of Life with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Outcomes of Student Participation and Self-Directed IEPs
  • Quality and Consistency of Impatient Rehabilitation for Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Rich Literacy Environments Improve Literacy Skills of Children with Down Syndrome
  • Sensorimotor Interventions and School Performance in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Social Processing Similarities and Differences am Youths with and without ADHD Viewed through the Social Information Processing Model

The poster fair was held in the main hospital of the VCU Health System where the general public, as well as LEND, UCEDD and university faculty and students were able to view the posters .  In addition to this event, five posters were selected to be displayed in the School of Education for several weeks. Finally, one trainee has had her poster accepted for presentation at the national conference, Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.

Feedback from the trainees regarding this assignment indicated that it was a challenging but valuable learning experience. Several students indicated that this assignment has increased the likelihood of their participation in poster sessions at future professional meetings.