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…understand the causes of speech disorders in young children

Researchers at McGill University are studying how children learn to adapt what they say to match what they hear. Participation involves a single 90-minute session which includes a detailed evaluation of your child’s current speech production and hearing ability (carried out by a certified speech-language pathologist). You will be provided with a report summarizing the results of these clinical tests. The study will also include a number of tasks that involve identifying sounds in words as well as a procedure that requires your child to listen to him/herself while talking into a microphone.

To be eligible to participate participate, your child must be: 1) between 5 and 6 years of age 2) a native speaker of North American English (first language learned and primary language spoken at home) 3) free of any neurological disorder (including ADD/ADHD) 4) free of any known hearing disorder

If you are interested in learning more about this study and how your child can take part, please contact:

Douglas Shiller, Ph.D., S-LP(C)
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-815-5421
doug [dot] shiller [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Doug Shiller)

…learn more about word learning in toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders

Researchers at McGill University are studying how children with autism learn new words, as compared to typically developing children. We are looking for children aged 2 to 5 with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and children aged 14 months to 3 years who are typically developing. Children must have either English or French as a first language. Participation involves 3 appointments over a one-year period. If you are interested in learning more about this study and how your child can take part, please contact:

Dr. Aparna Nadig
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-398-4141
514-398-6895
aparna [dot] nadig [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Aparna Nadig)

…à identifier les meilleures méthodes d’intervention pour les enfants d’âge préscolaire qui présentent des difficultés à produire les sons correctement.

Des chercheurs à l’université McGill désirent identifier les meilleures méthodes d’intervention en orthophonie afin d’aider les enfants à atteindre des habiletés d’articulation et de pré-lecture appropriées pour leur âge avant leur entrée à l’école. Nous cherchons des enfants francophones d’âge préscolaire qui présentent plus de difficulté que les autres enfants de leur âge à produire les sons, et qui sont âgés de 4 à 5 ½ ans. Pour être éligible à l’étude, l’enfant devra préalablement avoir été évalué en orthophonie et reçu un diagnostic de trouble phonologique modéré à sévère, avec ou sans trouble de langage.

Pour participer, contactez:

Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, orthophoniste
École des Sciences de la Communication Humaine
Université McGill
514-813-1400
francoise [dot] brosseau-lapre [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Françoise Brosseau-Lapre)

...learn more about how to teach adults to perceive foreign speech sounds

Researchers at McGill University are studying how best to help adults learn to perceive foreign language speech sounds. We are looking for adult native speakers of English with very limited or no knowledge of French. The study involves 3 visits of approximately 60 minutes each. You will receive 30$ for your participation at the end of the second session.

If you are interested in learning more about this study and how you can participate, please contact:

Dr Susan Rvachew
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-398-4136
susan [dot] rvachew [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Susan Rvachew)

...learn more about language impairment due to stroke

Researchers at McGill University are discovering how language abilities are affected by brain damage as a result of stroke. We are looking for participants who are native speakers of English and have suffered one stroke, as well as control group participants (aged 18-30 or aged 50 and up) who have never had a stroke. If you are interested in participating, please contact:

Dr. Shari Baum or Erin Colreavy Bell
Neurolinguistics Lab, Room 53
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
(514) 398-4135
(514) 398-7385
shari [dot] baum [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Shari Baum)

...learn more about infant speech development

Researchers at McGill University are discovering how babies learn to listen and respond to speech. And you and your baby can help! If you have a child between 2 and 18 months of age and live in the Montreal area, you can take part in the Infant Speech Perception Project. Parents and babies are together all the time, and studies take approximately 30 minutes. You'll go home with a souvenir of your visit and the satisfaction of having helped build the scientific understanding of early child development. For more information please contact:

Dr Linda Polka
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-398-1210 (English)
514-398-1659 (Français)
Website: www.medicine.mcgill.ca/infantspeechlab

...learn more about specific language impairment in school age children

Researchers at McGill University are studying the memory abilities of children with language impairment. We are looking for children and adolescents whose primary language is English. The children must be 8 to 9 years old or 12 to 13 years old and they should have either typical language development for their age or have language impairment. If you are interested in learning more about this study and how your child can take part, please contact:

Dr Elin Thordardottir or Rebecca Naves
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-398-6673
514-398-5356
elin [dot] thordardottir [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Elin Thordardottir)

...learn more about language development in bilingual toddlers

Researchers at McGill University are developing better ways to assess language development in bilingual children. We are looking for children with normal language development who are exposed to both English and French, aged 2 to 3 years. If you are interested in learning more about this study and how your child can take part, please contact:

Dr Elin Thordardottir or Rebecca Naves
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
McGill University
514-398-6673
514-398-5356
elin [dot] thordardottir [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Elin Thordardottir)