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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
We are exactly one week away from #GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021. We would be grateful if you considered helping to fund our research (link in bio). You can also support our lab by referring families to participate in our research. We currently have two studies that need participants (details for both studies in our bio).
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Vanderbilt KidTalk
Vanderbilt KidTalk
Since we're talking about tipsheets today, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) also produced a one-page printable resource called "Returning to Community Activities After a Year of Pandemic Precautions."

While COVID-19 is still a real and present danger in our lives, we hope that this information will be helpful to families who are trying to create their "new normal."

View and download the accessible resource here: https://vkc.vumc.org/assets/files/tipsheets/covid-reentry-tips.pdf