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Dr. Evans graduated with honors from Illinois State University in 2016 with her doctorate and received her master’s in speech and language pathology in 2000. Her research focuses on the use of mobile technology for children with disorders related to expressive language. She developed the Focus on Enhancing Expressive Language & Learning using an iPad intervention for young children with language delays. She also has research interest in:
● Language Disorders and Language Processing Disorders
● Language-Based Learning Disorders
● Use of technology for children with a variety of learning challenges
She has presented at several conferences focusing on the use of visual strategies, the use of technology as a tool for intervention, and tools for English language learners with disabilities. Before coming to UNT, Dr. Evans was an instructor at Illinois State University for over eight years. She instructed undergraduate, graduate, and community education courses in special education focusing on speech and language disorders. In addition, she had her own private practice for over ten years working with young children and their families in early intervention and consulted for schools districts on language-based learning disorders. She loves working with students and is excited about being a part of the UNT Speech and Hearing Clinic family.
Evans, Y. (in preparation). Focus on enhancing expressive language using an iPad in young children.
Purpose: To disseminate research outlining an evidence-based, parent-implemented intervention to enhance young children’s expressive language skills.
Evans, Y., & Hurtle, L. (in preparation). Parents’ perceptions of the use of iPads for a therapeutic intervention.
Purpose: To share parents’ perceptions of the use of technology as a therapeutic tool for their young children with language delays.
Blum, C., & Evans, Y. (2015, November). Universal Design for Learning and dual language learners: Scaffolding, apps, and emergent literacy. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, FL.
Blum, C., & Evans, Y. (2015, April). Connecting Universal Design for Learning, apps, and emergent literacy in the early education classroom. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA.
Evans, Y. (2013, June). Creating connections using visual mediation strategies to promote communication. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pittsburgh, PA.
Evans, Y. (2013, November). Making early connections with brain-based strategies, bringing neuroscience to practice. Training session delivered at the Child and Family Connections Conference, Decatur, IL.
Evans, Y. (2013, February). Making connections: Brain-based learning strategies for executive functioning for differentiated instruction. Presentation delivered at the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Fall Convention, Lisle, and IL.
Evans, Y. (2013, January). Making the connection: Executive function with 21st century teaching. Presentation delivered at the Illinois State University Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Symposium, Normal, IL.
More information about Dr. Evans can be found in the Faculty Information System.