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Child Language Labs


Child Language Labs

The Child Language Lab focuses on studying how children learn language and the problems some children have with developing language skills properly.

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About the Child Language Lab

Research conducted at the Child Language Labs is directed at increasing our understanding of language development and developmental language disorders with particular emphasis on the challenges experienced by children with specific language impairment (SLI). Much of the work focuses on issues of assessment and differential diagnosis but another central concern has been untangling the relationships between language disorders, attention deficits and socioemotional difficulties.

Lab Members

Our Projects

Current and past lab projects include: Co-occurrence of Language and Attention Difficulties in Children, Psycholinguistic and Socioemotional Profiling of SLI and ADHD, Contributions of Behavioral and Verbal Liabilities to Social Risk, and The Development of Grammatical Competence in Children with Communication Disorders.

  • Funding
    National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders
    NIDSD R01 DC017153

    Accounts for why language impairments and attention deficits occur at elevated rates have been largely speculative and limited to data from case control studies, leaving the nature and direction of associations unknown. The purpose of this project, which began in 2018 and will continue until 2023, is to address these gaps by conducting parallel longitudinal investigations of language growth and behavioral symptom progression in children with specific language impairment (SLI), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHA), concomitant ADHD+SLI, and typically development (TD). Group differences in vocabulary, verbal memory, and syntactic growth will be examined over a 5-year period (covering the 7-12 years age span). Changes in individuals' behavioral symptom progressions will be charted across all 4 groups as well. 

Contact Us

Child Language Lab


Behavioral Health Sciences Building

390 South 1530 East, Suite 1201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Behavior Health Science Building