Research in Developmental Disabilities and Language Lab

Studies Recruiting

The TOMI Project

Leveraging Technology to Identify Outcome Measures for Young Children with Down Syndrome

If you are a parent of a child ages two to five years with Down syndrome, you are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Audra Sterling’s Lab at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our study aims to learn more about how language samples collected in the home can be used to measure language development in children with Down syndrome. If you decide to participate, you and your child will complete self-recorded audio and video observations in your home at two time points, one month apart. We will also come to your home to conduct tests with your child to measure their problem-solving and language skills. At each timepoint, you will receive $75 for your participation, for a total of $150.

If you are interested, please complete this form or contact Marianne Elmquist at riddll@waisman.wisc.edu

LEADer Study

The relationship between language and executive function in DLD and FXS over time (LEADer Study)

The Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting boys with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, children with developmental language disorder, and neurotypical children for a longitudinal study on language and executive function. Boys with FXS and children with DS should be between 9 and 17 years of age, and speaking in at least 2-3 word phrases. Children with DLD should be between 4 and 8 years of age and have no known history of other disorders. Neurotypical children should be between 3 and 6 years of age and have no known history of speech, hearing, or language impairments.

The purpose of this research is to better understand how skills related to executive function like memory and flexible thinking are related to grammar and language comprehension and production in children with FXS, DS, and DLD, and a comparison group of neurotypical children. Participants will complete standardized tests, a hearing screening, a language sample, as well as experimental executive function tasks presented on a computer. Parents/legal guardians will complete several questionnaires about their child’s behaviors and communication abilities, and biological mothers will also have the option to complete study tasks. For participants in the FXS, DLD, or NT group, testing is comprised of two study visits, spaced two years apart. Only one timepoint is completed for the DS group. All of the testing is done at the Waisman Center, and can be scheduled at your convenience with multiple visits per timepoint. Travel costs (e.g., flights, mileage, hotel) will be paid for by the project, and families receive $75 for participation at each time point. For more information or to see if your child is eligible please contact the study coordinator at riddll@waisman.wisc.edu

Children with DLD often display difficulties:

  • Talking to peers and adults
  • Understanding others or following directions
  • Making friends and completing school work
  • Learning and understanding new words
  • Learning to read or write
  • Using some pronouns (e.g., “her play with me” instead of “she plays with me”)
  • Using verbs (e.g., is, are, do, does, caught, fell) and verb endings (walks, runs, painted, washed) consistently in sentences, sometimes using sentences like these:
    • Yesterday, he go to school (instead of went)
    • Yesterday, he walk_ to school (instead of walked)
    • Everyday, he go to school (instead of goes)
    • He __ hungry (instead of “he is hungry”)
    • He __ playing with me (instead of “he is playing with me”)=

Caregiver Coaching in Early Childhood Study

Views and Experiences of Caregiver Coaching in Early Childhood Speech-Language Services: A survey of Caregivers and Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-Language Pathologist Survey

If you are a speech-language pathologist in the USA working with children between zero and five years of age, you are invited to participate in an online survey conducted by Dr. Audra Sterling’s Research in Developmental Disabilities Language Lab at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about current parent coaching practices in early childhood among speech-language pathologists. If you decide that you would like to participate, we will ask you to complete a short survey including questions related to your views and intervention practices. Upon survey completion, you can opt into a raffle drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

If you are interested in this study and meet the following inclusion criteria, please click on the link below.

  1. Currently a practicing speech-language pathologist in the USA and serving children 0 through 5;11 years of age.
  2. Use a caregiver-coaching model when providing intervention.

Qualtrics Link: Survey for Speech-Language Pathologists

Parents/Caregivers

Parents/Caregivers: Views and Experiences of Caregiver Coaching in Early Childhood Speech-Language Services

If you are a parent/caregiver of a child aged zero- and five-years receiving speech and language therapy, you are invited to participate in an online survey conducted by Dr. Audra Sterling’s Research in Developmental Disabilities Language Lab at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about you and your child’s experiences in speech-therapy during early childhood. If you decide that you would like to participate, we will ask you to complete a short survey including questions related to your views and experiences. Upon survey completion, you can opt into a raffle drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

If you are interested in this study and meet the following inclusion criteria, please click on the link below.

  1. Currently have a child/children aged 0-5 years.
  2. You child/children is/are currently receiving speech-language therapy provided by a speech-language-pathologist/speech therapist in the USA.

Qualtrics Link for Parent/Caregiver Survey

Upcoming Studies

The lab will soon be recruiting for an upcoming study! The study is on language use in autistic girls and girls with fragile x syndrome. If you have any questions on this study, please email riddll@waisman.wisc.edu