Aaron Shield, Ph.D.

Aaron ShieldEducation

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Master of Arts in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies, Wesleyan University, 1999

Professional Recognition and Affiliation

Summer Research Appointment from the Committee on Faculty Research (CFR), Miami University. "Evaluation of School-Based Sign Language Programs for Hearing Children with Apraxia of Speech." Amount: $6,200. 2019

R01-Series Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Title: “Brain mechanisms underlying skilled reading in deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children with different communication modes.” (PI: Booth/Vanderbilt University). Role: Consultant, 2019                                                                                                             

R15-Series AREA Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Development. Title: “Transactional neurobiological influences on parent-child kindergarten adjustment.” (PIs: Kiel/Luebbe). Role: Consultant, 2019

Publication, Reprint, Exhibition, and Performance Costs (PREP) program grant from Miami University. Amount: $500, 2018

Grant from the Miami University Humanities Center to support an outside speaker for the series “What the L: Language Research at Miami.” Amount: $1,700, 2017

Grant to support research in Social Justice, Human Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion from Miami University. “Inclusion of a Miami Undergraduate Student with Autism in Autism Research”. Amount: $4,300, 2017

Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Amount: $5,000.

Autism Science Foundation Research Enhancement Mini-Grant, 2013

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32DC011219) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Boston University, 2011-2014

Prize for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (BCS-0746009), 2008-2009

Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005-2007

Mason-Perkins Fulbright Fellowship in Deafness (Rome, Italy), 2005

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2004

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 2001-2002



Sign Language and Autism @ Miami Lab

Select Publications

Graham, P., Neild, R., & Shield, A. (accepted). Increasing social awareness for deaf children on the autism spectrum: Innovative strategies. Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education.

Shield, A., Mood, D., Salamy, N., & Henner, J. (to appear, 2020). Issues in the assessment of signed language in deaf children with ASD. To appear in Mann, W. (Ed.), Handbook of Language Assessment across Modalities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mazzaggio, G. & Shield, A. (2020). The production of pronouns and verb inflections by Italian children with ASD: A new dataset in a null subject language. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04349-7

Herman, R., Shield, A., & Morgan, G. (2019). Sign language development in deaf children with language impairments and autism spectrum disorder. In Grove, N. & Launonen, K. (Eds.), Manual Sign Acquisition in Children with Developmental Disabilities. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Shield, A., & Meier, R.P. (2018). Learning an embodied visual language: Four imitation strategies available to sign learners. Frontiers in Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00811

Shield, A., Knapke, K., Henry, M., Srinivasan, S., & Bhat, A. (2017). Impaired praxis in gesture imitation by deaf children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism and Developmental Language Impairments.

Shield, A., Cooley, F., & Meier, R.P. (2017). Sign language echolalia in deaf children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 1622-1634. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-16-0292

Bhat, A., Srinivasan, S., Woxholt, C., & Shield, A. (2016). Differences in praxis performance and receptive language during fingerspelling between deaf children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Autism. doi: 10.1177/1362361316672179

Shield, A. (2016). Language and communication with children who are deaf + ASD. Raising and Educating Deaf Children: Foundations for Policy, Practice, and Outcomes. http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org/node/257

Shield, A., Pyers, J., Martin, A., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2016). Relations between language and cognition in native-signing children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research. doi: 10.1002/aur.1621.

Shield, A., Meier, R.P., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2015). The use of sign language pronouns by native-signing children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2128-2145.

Shield, A. (2014). Preliminary findings of similarities and differences in the speech and sign language of children with autism. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 309-320.

Mood, D., & Shield, A. (2014). Clinical use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition with children who are deaf. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 288-300.

Szarkowski, A., Mood, D., Shield, A., Wiley, S., & Yoshinaga-Itano, C. (2014). A summary of current understanding regarding children with autism spectrum disorder who are deaf or hard of hearing. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35, 241-259.

Shield, A., & Meier, R.P. (2014). Personal pronoun avoidance in deaf children with autism. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (403-415). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Shield, A. & Meier, R.P. (2013). The acquisition of sign language by deaf children with autism spectrum disorder. In D. Quinto-Pozos (Ed.), Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder (90-122). Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

Shield, A.,& Meier, R.P (2012). Palm reversal errors in native-signing children with autism.Journal of Communication Disorders, 45, 439-454.

Goldin-Meadow, S., Shield, A., Lenzen, D., Herzig, M., & C. Padden (2012). The gestures ASL signers use tell us when they are ready to learn math. Cognition, 123, 448-453.