Toddler Speech and Language Study


Does your toddler have trouble saying words or phrases? Do they have a hard time understanding what you say?

If your child is under 3 years old and has delayed language skills, you may qualify for our study. If selected, you'll help us determine the effectiveness of two language  treatments:

  • Teletherapy: You and your child connect with a speech-language pathologist using secure web-based video conferencing on your computer.
  • Individualized language facilitation: We provide you with speech and language strategies to use with your child during their daily routines.

Benefits of Participating

Your child will receive a free language evaluation, whether or not they're chosen for the study. If your child is chosen, you'll receive strategies to improve their language skills.

If you and your child complete the study, your child will receive a free post-treatment evaluation. You'll also receive a $25 gift card after completing required documents.

How to Qualify

We'll give your child a language screener to determine if they qualify for a full language evaluation and the study. In order to qualify, your child must have a delay of 30 percent or greater in receptive language (how they understand words) and expressive language (how they speak).

The first 10 children to qualify will be accepted into the study.

How the Study Works

You'll be randomly assigned to the teletherapy group or the individualized language facilitation group.

At the beginning and end of the 12-week study, you'll fill out a questionnaire to see how comfortable you are working on language strategies with your child. You'll also answer questions about your child's progress at the study's conclusion.


If you're in this group, you'll need to have a computer and internet access. You and your child will receive weekly 50-minute speech-language services through your computer. The services will be provided by an NIU speech-language pathology graduate student under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Individualized Language Facilitation

If you're in this group, you'll need to have access to email. You'll receive weekly emails with techniques and strategies to use with your child to build their understanding and expression of words. To keep track of progress, you'll also complete a word and sentence inventory each week.

Get Started

To see if your child is eligible, or if you have any questions, contact Kim Wedoff of the NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at 815-753-5697 or