Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

Listening to faces speech study for children with speech sound disorders (Ages 7-10)

Does your child have difficulty with speech?

Join us in a study that aims to determine whether children with speech sound disorders perceive and process audiovisual speech differently than their typically developing peers. We are seeking children ages 7-10 to participate in this study.

  • Participants will watch movies of speaking faces and complete standard cognitive, language and social tasks.
  • Testing can be completed in one to two visits
  • Day, evening or weekend appointments are available
  • Parent will receive a research report on child’s language performance
  • All testing is noninvasive and includes eye-tracking and EEG
  • Children earn $10/hour for participation
  • Participants are reimbursed for parking and travel expenses

Videos of speaking human and computer-animated faces paired with a non-invasive method to track eye movements will be used to determine how affected children use a speaker’s face as part of their perceptual processing of speech. This study has important practical implications for the design of targeted interventions for verbal and non-verbal children with developmental disabilities.

For further contact or study information, please visit our website or email us. In addition, we can be reached directly by phone at 203-865-6163, x245.  To sign up for a study, please fill out the  Study Participant  form.