About Us

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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:

Click here to view the resources 

Check out the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center podcast episode with our Lab Director, Dr. Ann Kaiser, speaking about our current projects (pre-COVID):

Click here to hear the podcast episode

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!


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

All donations are greatly appreciated!


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://admin.app.vanderbilt.edu/olga/pub/landing?appealCode=2123A
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk is at Vanderbilt Peabody College.
Vanderbilt Peabody College
Hi Friends! Do you have a short-term behavioral or communication goal for your child (under age 8 years)? We are looking for caregiver/child duos to participate for 1-hr x 4 weeks this summer for sessions with a Vanderbilt master’s student.

If you would like to participate please contact Kelsey.M.Dillehay@vanderbilt.edu for more information

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Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Hola amigos,
¡Por favor compartan esta información! Estamos reclutando activamente para nuestro estudio de EMT en Español. Buscamos familias que hablen Español en casa y que tengan niños de entre 30 y 36 meses de edad que no estén hablando como otros niños de su edad.
Las familias obtienen muchos beneficios:
*Evaluaciones y terapias de lengauje gratuitas en casa con un terapeuta bilingüe.
*$50 en efectivo si califican para el estudio cada vez que participan en las evaluaciones.
* Juguetes y libros para su hijo.
* Entrenamiento a papás y nuestro manual para padres sobre cómo ayudar al desarrollo del lenguaje de sus hijos.
Hi friends,
Please share this information! We are actively recruiting for our EMT en Español research study. We are looking for Spanish speaking families with kids between 30-36 months old (and that are not talking like other kids their age.)
The families get lots of benefits:
* Free in-home testing and language intervention for their child with a bilingual therapist.
* $50 cash if they qualify for the study each time they participate in assessments.
* Toys and books for their child.
*Parent training and our parent manual on how to help their child's language development!
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
We are looking for late talkers located anywhere in the U.S. who are ages 27-30 months (and their caregivers) to participate in our virtual language intervention study using video calls. You can find more details on our flyer.

Text "MORE" to 847-750-3440 for more information - or if you’d like us to contact you for a screening please complete the survey at this link: https://redcap.nubic.northwestern.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=T9CDKMXM77&fbclid=IwAR0CAAHgRXDDwnykRZIU3LYHUBYs7c1zlc7gaPGRDX__0Cb9X6eLHdzbY-k