Skill Building For Infants With Down Syndrome

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Principal Investigator: Amy Needham, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Lisa Daunhauer, ScD, MS, OTR/L & Deborah Fidler, Ph.D.


Help encourage your baby’s goal-directed behaviors!

The Infant Learning Lab at Vanderbilt University is studying skill building activities designed to help 4- to 18-month-olds with Down syndrome develop important early problem solving skills, called goal-directed behaviors. In older children, goal-directed behaviors are skills that help children complete everyday tasks in their home, school, and community environments.

Infants will participate in playful activities with toys for both assessment and intervention. Parents and their infants will participate in up to four 30-minute visits to the Infant Learning Lab, located on the Peabody campus at Vanderbilt. Parents will be asked to participate in 10-minutes/day of playful intervention activities in the home. Parents also will be asked to complete questionnaires about their child’s development.

Participant Criteria

4 to 18 month old infants with Down syndrome


Families will receive $50.00 for their time upon completion of the study.

Visit Requirements

Up to four 30-minute visits


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Vanderbilt Infant Learning Lab

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