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Janet Olson Ph.D.

Janet Olson
Title: Associate Professor/Area Coordinator
Division: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
Unit: Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 336
Office Phone: 815-753-1401
Office Fax: 815-753-9123
Email: janet@niu.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Courses Taught

  • COMD 403: Language Development 
  • COMD 421: Aural Rehabilitation
  • COMD 603: Communication Disorders in Early Childhood

Education

  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, Developmental Psychology
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University, Speech-Language Pathology
  • M.A., University of Illinois, Audiology

Certification

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Licensure

  • Licensed to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Illinois, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
  • Licensed to practice audiology in the state of Illinois, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
  • Teacher Licensure: SLP (Teaching), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • State of Illinois Early Intervention credential (treatment) in speech-language pathology

Academic Interests

  • Early Intervention
  • Hearing Impairment in children
  • Family Based Treatment

Research Interests

  • Early language acquisition
  • Mother-infant interactions
  • Gesture use
  • Mothers use of internal state language
  • Speech processing in children with hearing loss

Selected Publications 

Masur, E.F., Flynn, V. & Olson, J. (2015). The presence of background television during young children’s play. Journal of Children and Media. 9(3), 349-367. 

Olson, J. & Masur, E.F. (2015). Mothers’ labeling responses to infants’ gestures predict vocabulary outcomes. Journal of Child Language. 42(6), 1289-1311.

Olson, J. & Masur, E.F. (2013). Mothers respond differently to infants' gestural versus nongestural communicative bids. First Language. 33(4), 372-387.

Olson, J. & Masur, E.F. (2012). Mothers respond differently to infants' familiar versus non-familiar imitations. Journal of Child Language, 39(4), 731-752

Olson, J. & Masur, E.F. (2011). Infants' gestures influence mothers' provision of object, action, and internal state labels. Journal of Child Language, 38, 1028-1054.

Masur, E. & Olson, J. (2008). Mothers’ and infants’ responses to their partners’ spontaneous action and vocal/verbal imitation. Infant Behavior and Development, 31, 704-715.