SLIDES: Teaching Symbolic Language to Children with Down syndrome

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

Other researchers: Courtney A. Wright, M.A. CCC-SLP, Doctoral Student, Department of Special Education


This research study uses KidTalk methods and technology to teach children with Down syndrome to communicate more effectively.

We will ask you to:

  • Complete child assessment information before intervention begins.
  • Assessments are administered at no cost as part of the eligibility determination process.
  • Participate in approximately 24-30 sessions at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center with your child.
  • All language intervention sessions are at no cost to the family.
  • Family will receive an iPad with voice output communication software to use throughout.
  • Participate in follow-ups after intervention ends (1 month after intervention)

Participant Criteria

18 to 42 month old children with Down syndrome who have between 1 and 50 productive words or signs in English.


Assessments and intervention at no cost to you. Use of an iPad for the child during the study.

Visit Requirements

approximately 24-30 sessions at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center


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Contact Information

Courtney Wright, M.A. CCC-SLP
(615) 322-8132

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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