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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Click here to find out more about the national DS-Connect®: The Down Syndrome Registry!

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We are thrilled to have the CEO and founder and CTO of assistiveware (proloquo2go, pictello, keedogo) here in our lab! We are looking forward to continuing to collaborate with this wonderful company and amazing people! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Kidtalk is accepting gently used toys to be given to families who can not afford it. Please message us if you are interested in making a donation so we can coordinate a pick up or drop off!

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