When to Worry About Language Study

When to worry about language study (W2W-L): Joint consideration of developmental patterning and neural substrates for enhancing early identification of language impairment What is this project about? With collaborators at Northwestern University, the APL is characterizing properties of parent input and vocabulary and grammar growth for toddlers between 2 and 3 years of age. Differences […]

Validating the Sentence Diversity Priming Task

A dynamic assessment tool for identifying children at high risk for persistent language disorders What is this project about? The purpose of this project is to validate a clinical tool designed to measure toddlers’ sentence diversity and predict readiness for imminent grammatical growth. We hope this research will improve early identification of children who experience […]

The See and Say Sequence: A Strategy for Early Word Learning

Investigating the Feasibility of a Sequential Language Strategy for Early Word Learning. What is this project about? This project focuses on evaluating how quickly and accurately parents of young toddlers can learn a language strategy called the See and Say Sequence. The See and Say Sequence combines features of responsivity with specific linguistic targets to […]

Gestures and Maternal Input in Ds and Fragile X

Impact of child and maternal gestures on word learning in Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome What are these projects about? With the DND Lab, the APL is studying the contribution of child and maternal gestures and responsive maternal language input to word learning opportunities, production practice, and spoken language vocabulary growth for toddlers with […]

Maximizing Outcomes for Preschoolers With DLD: Clinical Trial

Maximizing outcomes for preschoolers with developmental language disorder: Testing the effects of a sequentially targeted naturalistic intervention What is this project about? This multi-site project focuses on improving language outcomes for children with expressive and receptive language delays. We are testing the efficacy of an 18-month parent-implemented language intervention for preschoolers with developmental language disorder. […]