Early Communication and Play Lab

UCF Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Early Communication and Play (ECAP) Lab focuses on supporting communication and language development in infants and toddlers with neurodevelopmental disorders who may benefit from the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) support systems and strategies.

Research conducted in the Early Communication and Play Lab focuses on:

  1. Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of early communication and play interventions for minimally verbal children; and
  2. Examining mechanisms for moving evidence-based interventions into routine practice.


Our laboratory is always recruiting for participants to partake in research studies. Participation in our studies not only helps contribute to science, but can also be a fun learning experience.

Meet Our Team

Director and PI

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Julie Feuerstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Location: HS II Room: 101Y
Phone: 407-823-1193



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Brooke Baron
Undergraduate Research Assistant and Lab Manager
Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Laila Moursi
Undergraduate Research Assistant and Lead Coder
Biomedical Sciences

Selected Relevant Publications and Presentations

Our laboratory makes a concerted effort to publish our findings in respected academic journals and present at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to contributing to collective body of knowledge in a given field, presenting original data at conferences is a fun way for the lab’s students to enhance their self-confidence and network with other scientists.


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UCF Early Communication and Play Lab
Innovative Center
3280 Progress Dr. Suite 700
Orlando, FL 32826

We are a short distance south of the UCF Main Campus.

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