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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://admin.app.vanderbilt.edu/olga/pub/landing?appealCode=2123A
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Hi Friends! Do you have a short-term behavioral or communication goal for your child? We are looking for caregiver/child duos to participate for 1-hr x 4 weeks this summer for virtual 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
PLEASE READ AND SHARE! Today, the Tennessee Department of Health launched a new set of resources available for families who have children and youth with special health care needs. The Emergency Alert Decals provide a visual aid to alert emergency personnel of the presence of a child or youth with special health care needs.

The Emergency Alert Decal will be available as a magnet or sticker to alert first responders, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel that there is a special needs child or youth in the home or vehicle as well as to communicate the need for additional assistance for a child or youth with disabilities in an emergency situation.

TDH will be coordinating with partners including health care providers, community advocates, and first responders to distribute the emergency alert resources.

**Families can place the decal on the front window of their home and the magnet on the rear bumper of their vehicle. The decals will allow families to note information about their child or youth such as medical needs, calming methods, and emergency contacts.**

More information about the CYSHCN program and the Emergency Alert Decal can be found online at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/mch-cyshcn.html.