KidTalk: Social Communication Intervention for Children With Autism Who Have Delayed Language

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Principal Investigator: Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D.


This study uses iPads to help children with autism learn to communicate better by speaking more spontaneously and more frequently.

The intervention has 4 main components:

  1. direct teaching of foundational language skills
  2. systematic introduction of the iPad paired with spoken language
  3. a naturalistic communication intervention
  4. parent training to support and generalize newly learned communication skills.

Participants will receive:

  • Assessments of language and cognitive skills at no cost to you
  • Evidence-based communication intervention at no cost to you

What we will ask you to do:

  • Come to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for assessments six times throughout the intervention
  • Fill out forms telling us about your child’s development
  • Children will participate in 2 sessions per week in the clinic and 1 session per week at home with their parent
  • Total time commitment is about 7 months

Study is funded by HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Participant Criteria

Children with autism between 3 and 4.5 years old


Assessments and intervention at no cost.

Visit Requirements

Between 8 and 18 visits


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Contact Information

Lizzy Fuller
(615) 322-8160

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