Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) software tool
UW professors developed a software tool (Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts, or SALT) to document language development in typical children, children with developmental disabilities, and children learning English as a second language. The software provides a transcript of a child’s conversation and counts, categorizes and summarizes the different linguistic features within the conversation, thereby saving researchers hours of handwritten work.
As new versions of SALT were released, the laboratory released manuals and provided training for more than 170 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). In addition, the company has received numerous grants, which support research that has funded more than 20 research assistants and more than 100 student hourly workers. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) led an initiative to provide training to every SLP in the state due to the laboratory’s research developments. The laboratory made major contributions to three training manuals, which are freely distributed to every SLP in public schools throughout the state and also sold nationally.
- NIH support
Jon Miller, Professor
Department or Other Unit
Department of Communicative Disorders
School or College
College of Letters & Science
Project last updated on 7/09/2012