Xigrid completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation evaluated the effects of a supplemental Spanish phonological awareness intervention on the dual emergent literacy skills of at-risk Latinx preschoolers who were Dual Language Learners (DLLs). As a doctoral student, she also collaborated in research evaluating the effects of a Tier 2 vocabulary intervention for preschoolers and on a professional development study focusing on implementing literacy-focused Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in early childhood settings. Xigrid is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow, a Protégé from the 2019 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Pathways Program, and the recipient of the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Scholarship. Xigrid has eight years of experience as a bilingual pediatric speech-language pathologist in clinical, home-based, and educational settings. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked with children (infants-school aged) with communication impairments, as well as children with other developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Xigrid joined Juniper Gardens as an MTSS post-doctoral fellow to advance her grant writing and statistical analysis skills, as well as to deepen her knowledge of MTSS in early childhood settings. Her goal is to apply this training to further her research focusing on promoting the academic success of young at-risk Latino who are DLL by augmenting our understanding, and effective interventions, of their bilingual language and literacy. More specifically, her overarching goals are to a) augment our understanding of DLLs’ bilingual language and literacy development; b) develop and evaluate effective language and literacy interventions that apply an MTSS framework in early childhood settings; and c) conduct community-based research focusing on improving parents’ and teachers’ ability to promote children’s school readiness.
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