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Child Language Laboratory

Lab Meetings: Wednesdays 2:00pm

Mission Statement

Our goal is to understand the nature and underlying causes of childhood language disorders with the aim of developing improved approaches to assessment and intervention. We study language processing underlying speaking and understanding in children acquiring language typically and atypically. Included among the populations we are studying are monolingual and bilingual children with specific language impairments, children with language disorders acquiring languages other than English (Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish), children with phonological (speech) impairments, children with autism, children with permanent and transient hearing losses, and children with typically developing language. This laboratory consists of three areas: (1) Lexical and Sentence Processing, (2) Developmental Speech Perception, and (3) Electrophysiology. The Lexical and Sentence Processing Areas include on-line and off-line computers, digital audio and video recorders, and specialized software that allow us to construct and administer language processing tasks for pre-school and school-aged children. We also have a Tobii Eye Tracker, which allows us to use eye-gaze as a measure of language processing. The Developmental Perception Area has hardware and software to conduct auditory and cross-modal (visual preference) studies of speech perception, comprehension, and production in infants, toddlers and young children. The Electrophysiology Area includes a 128-channel Neuroscan and associated software to conduct studies of the brain bases of auditory perception and language processing. The laboratory is also engaged in cooperative projects with the Eden II School and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Research Participants wanted!

Principal Investigator:

Richard G. Schwartz, Ph.D. 
Presidential Professor
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8804
Fax: 212-817-1537

Affiliated Labs & Research Centers

Developmental Neurolinguistics Laboratory of the City University of New York Graduate Center
Director, Dr. Valerie Shafer
Neurogenetics of Human Communication Lab at Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Spain. Director, Dr. Dolors Girbau
Lab of Dr. Liat Seiger, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
Lab of Dr. Klara Marton, Brooklyn College, NY
Language & Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UCSD
The Rose F. Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The Department of Communicative Disorders of the University of Hong Kong

Cooperating & Participating Schools, Clinics, & Organizations

The Hearing & Learning Center at Beth Israel Medical Center (ongoing)
Beth Israel-New York Eye & Ear Infirmary Cochlear Implant Center (ongoing)
Eden II School, Staten Island, NY, Dr. Joanne Gerenser, Executive Director (1999-ongoing)
The Gateway School, NY, NY (2005)

The Developmental Language Lab would like to thank the above centers and institutions for their participation in our research.

Professional Affiliations

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)