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Vanderbilt KidTalk is a research group studying language growth in young children with disabilities. Our intervention is fun, natural and can be done by parents and teachers!

Children who are taught using KidTalk procedures typically learn new vocabulary, talk in longer sentences, and develop strong, positive relationships with their parents, teachers and peers.

Please click on the “PROJECTS” tab above to find more information about our studies.

 

COVID Resources for families from The Early Childhood Personnel Center: https://ecpcta.org/covid-19-resources/?mc_cid=19d4c76eb9&mc_eid=e20e605bfe#collapsepanel-17964-14-2-00

 

Click here to help fund our research by making a donation.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

Check out the interview with our Lab Director, Dr. Ann Kaiser, featured in the February 2019 issue of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Notables: Click here to read the interview!

We were excited to have been featured in the Vanderbilt Research News November 30, 2018 issue. Click here to read full the story!

 

Vanderbilt KidTalk

KidTalk has a supportive and encouraging staff of psychologists, speech language pathologists, special educators, and counseling professionals who provide language intervention to young children with a range of disabilities. With more than 50 research studies supporting our naturalistic, conversation-based language intervention, children who participate in KidTalk typically learn new vocabulary, talk in longer sentences, and develop strong, positive relationships with their parents, teachers and peers. Many of our studies also include a component of parent training where we teach parents ways they can support their child’s language development. Check out our website for videos, testimonies, and more information about our current projects! You can help fund our research at this link: https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/olga/pub/landing?appealCode=2123A
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Hi Friends! We are currently enrolling participants in a virtual language intervention study, using video calls to deliver intervention to families at home and assess child progress over time.

Does your 2-year-old have a language delay? Here are some milestones related to receptive and expressive language that they should be doing by 30 months:

1) Labeling common objects in a book when asked “What’s this?”

2) Carrying out simple instructions such as: “Find your coat.” “Close the door.” “Get your book.” Without you pointing or using gestures.

3) Correctly pointing to at least 7 body parts

4) Using more than 100 words

5) Putting short sentences together with 2-3 words such as “baby hungry” or “car on top"

6) Using action words such as "go" and "eat" to describe what's happening.

If you’re worried your child is not reaching these milestones you might qualify to participate in our virtual telecoaching research study. If you’d like us to contact you for a screening you can complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.nubic.northwestern.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=AE7MPE73RR&fbclid=IwAR38nRDbmF69urwmTXqGBVaw4yCDWcUvjrHFvlU5mLWVDpkLKIorwKyK-Hs
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Vanderbilt KidTalk
This was a great story on WSMV News 4, Nashville!
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Vanderbilt KidTalk
This is a GREAT resource from our friends at The IRIS Center to help you support your child's learning while at home. Take a look!
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
We really enjoyed the link recently shared in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's Monday Morning Message. The Music and Cognition Research Lab has created a Parent-Child Music Home Toolkit with videos, audio, visual supports, and strategies to support parent-child music activities at home. Take a look at this link: http://serenademusicclass.org/home-toolkit/
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Vanderbilt KidTalk
Hi Friends,
Our intern, Katie, created and presented a stress reduction workshop to our staff and students via Zoom today. We enjoyed it so much and found it very helpful so we wanted to share it with you. Please take a look and enjoy the links inside. https://mcusercontent.com/61cfa878c9ef27ea85dd1e35e/files/3e19d08f-aeda-4612-80d6-31a7a8f6dbb1/Stress_Reduction_Workshop_KT_Staff.pdf