A naturalistic early communication intervention

KidTalk intervention procedures are based on more than 50 research studies demonstrating that naturalistic, conversation-based language teaching implemented by parents and teachers is effective for teaching young children functional communication skills.

Children taught using KidTalk procedures typically learn new vocabulary, talk in longer sentences, and develop strong, positive relationships with their parents, teachers and peers.


Our Projects


For minimally verbal children with autism between 4 1/2 and 8 1/2 years of age.


For children with Down syndrome between the ages of 3-5 who have language delays.


For children with autism between 3 and 4 1/2 years of age who have language delays.


Kidtalk makes the news with a picnic to gather families participating in all KidTalk projects. (click here to read the article in Green Hills News!)


IGDI Home Page (Individual Growth and Development Indicators for Infants and Toddlers)

Conference and Workshop Presentations





Our Team

KidTalk has a staff of about 20 people, including psychologists, speech language pathologists, special educators, early childhood educators, and counseling professionals. Our staff includes doctoral and masters students in special education as well as undergraduate students who support our research and training projects.

read more about our team


Get Started

KidTalk at Vanderbilt regularly provides intervention to young children with language delays through ongoing research and demonstration projects.

Contact us to learn about available KidTalk Projects.

Get started by contacting KidTalk