Sun, Tiantian


Sun, Tiantian


Drs. Ryan Bowles and Sarah Douglas


Started in Fall 2018


Child Development



My name is Tiantian Sun (she/her/hers) and I am a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. I work with Drs. Ryan Bowles and Sarah Douglas in two wonderful labs (ELLI: and RADD: My research interests are supporting language and literacy development of children with complex communication needs (CCN) in the context of preschool and family. I am currently involved in multiple research projects addressing the following research goals: (1) examining the effects of intervention strategies (including aided language modeling, providing communication opportunities, prompt with time delay, and reinforcement) supporting language and literacy development of young children with CCN; (2) understanding perspectives and experience of using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for families with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have a child with CCN; (3) exploring the relation between home learning environment and the development of language and literacy skills of preschool children.

Keywords and Phrases

Early language and literacy development, children with complex communication needs, home learning environment