Thank you so much for your interest in our research! Families like yours can help us answer questions about how children learn about language.
If you are interested in participating in our research here at the Language Development Lab at the UNLV, please reach out to us directly by emailing us or calling 702-895-0203.
How long do studies usually last?
We usually schedule for half an hour, however studies typically last for less than 20 minutes.
What if my child becomes fussy or bored during the study?
Involvement in research is entirely voluntary. Your child can stop at any time.
Can I bring a sibling along?
Yes! Infants, toddlers and young children enjoy our playroom and the research assistants who take care of them while you are engaged in a study with another child.
I recently had a baby. Is my newborn too young to participate?
We love babies! Even tiny newborns can tell us a lot about language and cognitive development. We have many opportunities for infants as young as 3 months of age. We hope you’ll sign up soon!
Who will we meet during our studies?
You’ll be interacting with trained child development researchers. Our team includes doctoral (PhD) students and experienced UNLV undergraduate students. We are committed to mentoring the next generation of developmental scientists!
What will my child do during the study?
Your child will help us learn how children learn! In a play session with a trained child development researcher, children usually play with toys, look at pictures or books, or watch a short video. You’re with your child the whole time. With your permission, we’ll record how long your child looks at, plays with, or talks about things we show them.
Do you evaluate my child’s language or cognitive development?
No, we do not evaluate or ‘score’ your child. We look for trends across groups of children at roughly the same ages. If you are concerned about your child’s speech, language or cognitive development, please contact the Pediatrics Department at the Children's Hospital of Nevada at 702-383-3939.
What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Please call the Lab at 702-895-0203 if you need to change or cancel your appointment.
Have more questions? Please call or email us!