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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This weekend: Opry Mills is having a sensory friendly movie on Saturday at 10:30 featuring The Peanuts Movie! Tickets are $6.00! ... See MoreSee Less

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Having a great time at the American speech and hearing association conference! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's Meet-a-Friend Monday, KidTalk families! Say hi to Jodi Heidlage, an interventionist on our project for older children with autism. Jodi's favorite part of working at KidTalk is building relationships with kiddos and their families, and seeing them grow and change in their ability to communicate meaningfully with others. Her favorite place of late is the Edgehill Cafe, which is right down the street from the new KidTalk house and has THE most delicious sandwiches and drinks! ... See MoreSee Less

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