Help researchers at the University of Waterloo's Centre for Child Studies learn more about young children's language development by taking part in the Toddler Language Study!
The goal of this study is to chart the growing language of children, who are mainly learning English at home, from ages two to three years of age. This is an important study because it will help researchers to better understand the different ways that young children's language is changing during this important period of development.
Parents who are interested in taking part will visit the Centre for Child Studies at the University of Waterloo the first month their child turns 2 years old. In a one-hour session parents will watch along while their child first plays some games with a researcher. Parents and their child then read a book and play together.
Every three months for the next year, until their child turns three years old, the Centre will mail parents a 20-minute questionnaire about their child's language development to complete and return by mail. Each child receives several small gifts throughout the year as thanks for taking part.
To take part, or for more information, interested parents can contact the study's coordinator, Julie Scott, by phone 519-888-4567, ext. 31224 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Toddler Language Study can be also found at www.childstudies.uwaterloo.ca/toddler.
The Toddler Language Study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo.