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Speech & Hearing Sciences
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Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)
M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)
Academic Expertise: 
Language development in neurodevelopmental disorders
Fragile X syndrome
Autism spectrum disorder

Sara Kover joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2014. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her doctorate in Educational Psychology there in 2012.

Dr. Kover’s research focus is on the development of language abilities in children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research has included individuals with fragile X syndrome, which is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability, as well as individuals with autism spectrum disorder or Down syndrome. The overarching goal of this research is to understand how specific cognitive processes and learning mechanisms interact with the learning opportunities afforded by the environment over the course of development. Ultimately, this work will inform what is known about the linguistic phenotypes associated with these disorders and will help guide intervention.

Recent Publications
The Shape Bias in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Potential Sources of Individual Differences. (2018 Nov 8) J Speech Lang Hear Res 61(11): 2685-2702 Abdelaziz A, Kover ST, Wagner M, Naigles LR

Distributional Cues to Language Learning in Children With Intellectual Disabilities. (2018 Aug 14) Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch 49(3S): 653-667 Kover ST

Noncomprehension Signaling in Males and Females With Fragile X Syndrome. (2017 Jun 10) J Speech Lang Hear Res 60(6): 1606-1621 Thurman AJ, Kover ST, Ted Brown W, Harvey DJ, Abbeduto L

The effect of methylphenidate-OROS<sup>®</sup> on the narrative ability of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. (2017 Feb 27) S Afr J Commun Disord 64(1): e1-e12 Rausch TL, Kendall DL, Kover ST, Louw EM, Zsilavecz UL, Van der Merwe A

Brief Report: Ages of Language Milestones as Predictors of Developmental Trajectories in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (2016 Jul) J Autism Dev Disord 46(7): 2501-7 Kover ST, Edmunds SR, Ellis Weismer S