Child Language & Literacy Lab

Last Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013

Principal Investigator: C. Melanie Schuele, Ph.D.


The Child Language and Literacy Lab focuses on the study of language and literacy development of children with typical development and children with atypical development.

Talking, reading, and writing are very interconnected skills. Children who are good talkers tend to be good readers and writers. Children with language learning difficulties tend to have difficulty learning to read and write. Our research is focused on understanding the processes that underlie learning to talk, to read, and to write. Our goal is to conduct research that helps children become better talkers, readers, and writers.

When parents ask: What will my child do in your research study?

We answer: Play, talk, read, and write.

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How to Find Us

Our playroom is located in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center on the 10th floor of Medical Center East, South Tower


Use the complimentary Valet Parking in the East Garage at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Enter the East Garage from 21st Avenue, valet park, take the elevators to the 10th floor, look for the waiting room sign.

Participant Criteria

Preschool and school-age children


Language evaluations at no cost to you.

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