About Vanderbilt KidTalk

Vanderbilt KidTalk regularly provides language intervention to young children with disabilities through ongoing research and demonstration projects. Our intervention procedures are based on more than 50 research studies demonstrating that naturalistic, conversation-based language teaching implemented by parents and teachers is effective for teaching young children functional communication skills. 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. We currently have three major studies for which we are currently seeking participants. Please click on the "PROJECTS" tab to find out more!

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Our Staff

KidTalk has a staff of about 20 people, including psychologists, speech language pathologists, special educators, early childhood educators, and counseling professionals. Our staff includes doctoral and masters students in special education as well as undergraduate students who support our research and training projects. To find out more, click on the "STAFF" link at the top of the page.

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Happy This-Week Thursday KidTalk families!
On Monday, our friend Ann Kaiser listed Shelby Bottoms as one of her favorite kid-friendly Nashville destinations. So today, two of our staffers took a field trip to explore all the wonderful activities offered at this fantastic park! The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center offers a variety of sensory-rich activities, including several live animal displays, a cozy library, crafts, indoor and outdoor sandboxes, and much more! Check out these pictures to get a better feel for this fantastic (and free!) family-friendly destination!
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Meet our friend, Dr. Ann Kaiser, Director of KidTalk!

What are you favorite parts about KidTalk?
My favorite parts are the kids, their parents, and the amazing KidTalk team.

Tell us about the new KidTalk house!
The house, which is at the corner of 18th Ave S and Edgehill, is a wonderful new space for us to see families for clinic visits. In addition, most of our KidTalk therapists’ offices are now there. There are two private bathrooms, a very well stocked coffee and treats bar, clinic rooms that are really large and great for parent training, and beautiful windows. We actually had our first meeting there today and it was great to be in the upstairs conference room with natural light streaming in. I stop by every morning just to have a minute in that sweet space!

Where’s your favorite kid-friendly destination in Nashville?
I love all sources of ice cream– Ben and Jerry’s, Jeni’s, and Bobby’s Dairy Dip– in the company of kids. I also like the new kids’ nature park at Edwin Warner and the great outdoor musical instruments in the kids’ nature park at Shelby Bottoms.
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Hi there KidTalk families!
We are so excited to announce that, starting tonight, we're starting two new series.
–Meet-a-Friend Mondays: Get to know one of our fantastic staff members!
–This-Weekend Thursdays: Learn about something fun happening in Nashville this weekend!
Get ready! It's coming in 3... 2... 1...
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Hey friends! Exciting news from the KidTalk team: we now have our own house where we'll be seeing kids and families! Stop by and say hey! ... See MoreSee Less

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¡Hablamos Español! Estamos adaptando nuestra intervención para familias que hablan español. Si le gustaría ayudarnos con las adaptaciones y recibir un poco de terapia gratis para su hijo por favor mande nos una mensaje aqui.

We are working on adapting the kidtalk intervention for families who speak Spanish! If you are interested in helping and receiving some free intervention for your child, please message us here (Spanish speaking families only).
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