ANNOUNCING a PLENARY KEYNOTE:
Children’s Exploratory Behaviors and Parent Guidance during Shared Experiences
Compelled by curiosity and a desire to learn, children naturally explore. Exploration is important for building vocabulary and knowledge about how the world works, especially during shared discovery with caregivers who often provide guidance. Lack of early access to ambient language (even with audiological intervention) may impact how deaf children
explore. Dr. Rain Bosworth will present ongoing research conducted in the NTID PLAY Lab that focuses on the quality, depth, and frequency of children’s exploratory behaviors, and the role of parents in guiding their children’s exploratory behaviors.
Dr. Rain Bosworth is a developmental scientist whose research focuses on how early sensory and language experiences shape visual and cognitive
abilities later in life. She obtained her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Pediatric Vision Lab at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She has a long history as lead investigator on several research grants from NSF and NIH studying visual perception in deaf and hearing infants, children, and adults. Currently, Bosworth is Associate Professor in the National Technical Institute of Technology (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Profoundly deaf since birth, she relied heavily on hearing aids and lipreading as a youth while mainstreamed in public schools in Los Angeles.