Word Learning Study


For Preschool & Kindergarten Age Children

Does your child have a language delay? They may qualify for a Boys Town research study.


Researchers in the Language Learning and Memory Lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital are studying word learning in children with a language delay. Children with a language delay often use language similar to that of children who are 6 months to 1 year younger than them. For example, children may talk less than their peers. They may use fewer vocabulary words than their peers. They may struggle with using grammatically correct speech.

We are interested in learning how children learn and remember new vocabulary words and their meanings. Children will participate in word learning activities. They will complete standardized tests that will assess language abilities and problem-solving skills.

Children receive $10-$15 per session with a total probable compensation of $220 if all study sessions are completed. Parents can receive a summary of the child's scores upon request.

Who can participate?

  • Children who are 4, 5, and 6 years old.
    • In some cases, children up to age 10 may qualify!
  • Children who primarily speak English.
  • Children with a language delay.

If you are unsure if your child qualifies, please call us. We are happy to answer any questions.

Study Details

  • The study involves targeted vocabulary instruction specific to your child's learning rate
  • 16 learning sessions, with 2 sessions a week over the course of 2 months
  • 2 long-term memory sessions up to 2 months after training ends.
  • All sessions are conducted over Zoom, and most sessions are completed in less than 30 minutes

For more information or to see if your child qualifies, please contact:

Stephanie Uglow, MS, CCC-SLP
Language Learning & Memory Lab Manager
(531) 355-5006

Sign Up to​ Participate

Call (531) 355-5006 or fill out the form​ below:​