Children vary in how quickly they develop speech and language skills. Some start off slowly and then catch up with others their age, while some have persisting difficulties throughout childhood. Others appear to start off alright but develop problems along the way. The aim of this research project is to identify factors that may put children at risk of having continuing speech and language difficulties – and from an earlier age than is currently possible.
In the first instance, we aim to recruit 1000 parents who have a child 24-30 months of age. We’re interested in all children, from those who are not yet talking to those already using sentences. If you have a child who will be between these ages between November 2011 and October 2012, you will complete a simple questionnaire about their language development. Completing the questionnaire will not obligate you to take part any further in the study. Should you wish to continue, we may ask you to bring your child to the Child Language Centre for an assessment