Language Intervention Laboratory

Mark Fey works with child in learning activityMany children have difficulty acquiring skills in nonverbal communication, speech, and language. These difficulties have a negative impact on these children’s social, behavioral, emotional, and academic performance. Speech and language interventions are developed to help these children to communicate and to minimize the problems they have in other life functions. Whether the interventions accomplish these objectives must be determined through research.

Speech/Language Interventions for Children

The Language Intervention Laboratory is a state-of-the art facility for planning, implementing, and producing scholarly works on studies of the effects, efficacy, and effectiveness of speech and language intervention for young children. It is housed in the Smith West building on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center. The laboratory is closely affiliated with the KU Department of Hearing and Speech at KU Medical Center, the KU Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders, the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC), the Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders, and the Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Fey lab team photoThe affiliation with KIDDRC, sponsored by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, provides the support of numerous research “cores,” particularly in the areas of grant management, statistical consultation, computer technology, and graphic design. Our projects have been funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Student Experiences

As well as serving as the context for studies on the effects of speech and language intervention, the lab serves as a training ground for students working to become evidence-based speech-language pathologists and clinical researchers in speech-language pathology. These students are engaged in all aspects of the laboratory’s functions including the planning of investigations and grant preparation, assessment of potential research participants, computerized analyses of assessment results, provision of clinical services, statistical analysis of results, and preparation of scholarly articles and book chapters. All work in the laboratory complies with the policies on protection of human subjects of the human subjects committee at KU Medical Center.

Lab Team

Marc E. Fey, PhD
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Marc Fey

Steven F. Warren, PhD

Steve Warren

Shelley Bredin-Oja, PhD
Research Associate

Shelley Bredin-Oja

Stephanie Becker, MA
Doctoral candidate

Stephanie Becker

Nicole Cigrand
Research Assistant

Nicole Cigrand

Sarah Vogt
Research Assistant

Sarah Vogt

Last modified: Nov 04, 2013

Information for Parents and Potential Participants
Does your 3- or 4-year-old child often leave out little words, like is, am, are, was (That man working; Boys running) and word-endings, like –ed and –s, (Yesterday, we walk home)?
If so, he or she might qualify for our study. Find out about our latest study on grammar learning in children with language impairments.

Related Info

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders (KU Lawrence campus)

Director Bio:
Marc E. Fey, PhD