The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) is an interdisciplinary center founded in 1998. It stimulates basic and applied research, and facilitates educational and outreach efforts, in areas related to atypical development and learning.
CRADL and its faculty coordinate and support scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical development and learning processes from birth through adolescence.

Our goals include:

• To raise visibility of Georgia State University's outstanding research programs in atypical development and learning.
• To attract new students who want to further understand atypical development and learning from an interdisciplinary perspective.
• To provide an interdisciplinary forum for sharing on-going research and formulating new research projects related to atypical development and learning
• To inform and evaluate treatment efforts to ameliorate problems in development and learning through research findings
• To address policy issues at the university, local, state, and national level related to atypical development and learning.

The National Debate Project (NDP) works in the field of education reform, and its mission is to promote debate as a tool for empowering urban and rural youth living in America’s most socio-economically challenged communities. While the NDP serves as a consultant and advocate for other UDLs, the primary target population for NDP pilot programs and new initiatives has been Atlanta. Over its history, NDP programs have grown to include the Atlanta Urban Debate League, Emory National Debate Institute, Georgia Middle School Debate League, The Georgia State Debate Center, Computer Assisted Debate Project, College and High School Bridge Programs, and Debate Across the Curriculum. Atlanta continues to serve as the national model for urban debate innovation and programming. The NDP also supports a range of programs designed to connect different debate communities: secondary, intercollegiate, urban, suburban, and rural. Research and infrastructure planning are underway to develop rural outreach debate programs using distance learning, digital curriculum material, middle school league membership, and teacher training.
oscar, cycling, bicycle, panoramic, velodromeThe toddler laboratory studies the effects of early language interventions on young children’s communication development. Specifically, the lab has explored the effects of early parent-implemented language interventions on the course of communication development in children between 2 and 3 years of age who have developmental disabilities and are at extremely high risk for delayed language and communication development. Augmented language interventions using computerized speech generating devices have been found to play an important role in the development of children’s language. Findings from the toddler lab suggest that using speech generating augmented communication systems very early in life can have positive effects on children’s language development.

The laboratory contains an intervention room and observation room with a two way mirror for observation and recording of parent-child interactions. The laboratory provides a focused environment where parents learn how to use communication strategies to communicate with their child. The laboratory also contains undergraduate and graduate workspace and a transcription room where researchers transcribe information from the video-recorded interactions to code the child’s communication for analysis.

Augmented language interventions have a positive communication effect on young children with developmental delays, and this laboratory is integral to the development and examination of interventions to aid in the speech production abilities of young children with developmental delays.