KidTalk Social Communication Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome

Last Updated: Monday, August 08, 2016

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

Other researchers: Courtney Wright


This intensive language intervention study is looking for children with Down syndrome between 30 and 54 months old. Study participation should last approximately 10-12 months, with the first 4 months being the most intensive, and the last 6 months consisting of periodic follow-ups.

We will ask you to:

  • Complete child assessment information before intervention begins.
  • Participate in parent training for up to 48 sessions half of which will occur at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, your child's school, or another community location and half at your home.
  • Schedule periodic follow-ups at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and at home for up to 6 months after the intervention ends.

Participant Criteria

30 to 54 month old children with Down syndrome who:

  • use less than 50 words spontaneously
  • use English as the home language
  • live within 40 miles of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • do not have significant hearing/vision impairments


We offer language intervention & assessments at no cost to the family.

Visit Requirements

Multiple visits in home and at VKC over 10-12 months


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Contact Information

Courtney Wright
(615) 322-8164

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