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.

 

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Presentations

*NEW* Teaching Communication in Natural Environments: Supporting Parents as Peers and Partners presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Tina Stanton-Chapman at ASHA - November 2013

*NEW* The Effects of a Parent-Implemented Language Intervention for Children with Language Impairment presented by Megan Roberts, Ph.D., and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2013

*NEW* Toddlers with Cleft Palate: Understanding and Intervening to Address Differences in Speech and Language Development presented by Jennifer Frey, Ph.D., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., and Nancy Scherer, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2013

A Naturalistic Social Communication Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism presented by Lauren Hampton, M.Ed., Julie Bryant, M.Ed., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Jennifer Nietfeld, M.A., and Ani Khachoyan, M.Ed. at IMFAR - May 2013

The Effects of Enhanced Milieu Teaching on Children with Down Syndrome presented by Kelly Windsor, B.A., Megan Roberts, Ph.D., and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at CRIEI - February 2012

Effects of a Naturalistic Sign Intervention on Expressive Language of Toddlers with Down Syndrome presented by Courtney Wright, M.A., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Dawn Reikowsky, M.Ed., and Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at CRIEI - February 2012

Measuring Treatment Fidelity in a Triadic Intervention Model presented by Megan Roberts, Ph.D., and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at CRIEI - February 2012

KidTalk Tactics Project presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., and Juliann Woods, Ph.D. at CRIEI - February 2012

Benchmarking Progress in Early Intervention presented by Megan Roberts, Ph.D. and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2011

The Relationship Among Intervention Outcome Measures presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2011

Parent and Child Characteristics of Young Children with Repaired Cleft Lip/Palate - poster presented by Nancy Scherer, Ph.D., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Jennifer Frey, M.Ed., and Kristin Mullins, MCD at ASHA - November 2011

Play, Language and Joint-Attention In Toddlers At Risk For Autism - poster presented by Suzanne Thrower, M.A., Stephanie Jordan, SLPA, and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2011

KidTalk Tactcs Project presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., and Juliann Woods, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2011

KidTalk Speech: Early Intervention for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate - presentation by Nancy Scherer, Ph.D., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Kristin Mullins, MCD, Lila Totina, B.A., and Jennifer Frey, M.Ed. at ASHA - November 2011

Effects of a Parent-Implemented Intervention for Toddlers with Language Impairments - poster presented by Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2011

Extraordinary Teachers, Exceptional Learners: Parents as Partners in Their Children's Language Development - presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at Vanderbilt Alumni Board Meeting - October 2011

KidTalk: Naturalistic Communication Intervention Strategies for Teachers of Young Children, presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at Metro Nashville Public Schools - August 2011

View the KidTalk: Naturalistic Communication Intervention Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists of Young Children with Disabilities in its entirety, presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at the Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute - June 2011 (click here for handouts)

Adapting Naturalistic Communication Interventions for Young Children with Down Syndrome presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at the University of Colorado - May 2011

Enhanced Milieu Teaching: An effective Language Intervention for Young Children with Language Impairments presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at ISEI - May 2011

KidTalk Tactics Project presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Juliann Woods, Ph.D. at ISEI - May 2011

KidTalk: Naturalistic Communication Intervention Strategies for Parents, Teachers and Therapists of Young Children with Autism presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at Summit Educational Resources - March 2011 (click here for handouts)

Adapting Enhanced Milieu Teaching for Children with ASD presented by Ann Kaiser at the Alabama Autism Conference - February 2011 (click here for handouts)

Parent-Implemented Early Communication Intervention for Children with Significant Communication Delays - A Webinar from AUCD's Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Interest Group, presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. - February 2011

Moving Our Understanding of Language & Behavior Forward presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Megan Roberts, Ph.D. at ASHA - November 2010

Parent Training: Specific Strategies Beyond "Try This at Home" presented by Megan Roberts, Ph.D., Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., and Courtney Wright, M.A. at ASHA - November 2010

Adapting EMT for Children with ASD presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. and Courtney Wright, M.A. at DEC - October 2010

KidTalk Tactics Project Presentation presented at DEC - October 2010 (click here for handouts)

KidTalk: Naturalistic Communication Intervention Strategies for Parents and Teachers of Young Children presented by Ann Kaiser, Ph.D., Megan Roberts, Ph.D., and Courtney Wright, M.A.at CEC - April 2010 (click here for handouts)

Naturalistic Language Intervention on the KidTalk Tactics Project presented by Juliann Woods, Ph.D., and Ann Kaiser, Ph.D. at CEC - April 2010

 

Publications

Parent-Implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Preschool Children Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

This paper discusses a comparison of the effects of enhanced milieu teaching (EMT) implemented by parents and therapists versus therapists only on the language skills of preschool children with intellectual disabilities (IDs), including children with Down syndrome and children with autism spectrum disorders (Kaiser & Roberts, 2013).

Performance of African American Preschool Children from Low-Income Families on Expressive Language Measures

This paper discusses the relationship between chronological age and performance, and the relationship between maternal education and language abilities (Qi, Kaiser, Marley, & Milan, 2012).

Assessing the Effects of a Parent-Emplemented Language Intervention for Children with Language Impairments Using Empirical Benchmarks: A Pilot Study

This paper reports astudy that investigated the extent to which a parent-implemented language intervention improves language skills in toddlers at risk for persistent language impairment (LI) as compared with a group of typically developing toddlers (Roberts & Kaiser, 2012).

Assessment of Single-Word Production for Children under Three Years of Age: Comparison of Children with and without Cleft Palate

This paper reports comparative phonological assessment results for children with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) to typically developing peers using an evaluation tool for early phonological skills (Scherer, Williams, Stoel-Gammon, & Kaiser, 2012).

The Use of Play Expansions to Increase the Diversity and Complexity of Object Play in Young Children with Disabilities

The purpose of this study was to determine if an intervention consisting of contingently imitating play, modeling expansions of play actions, and describing play actions increased the diversity of object play in young children with disabilities (Frey & Kaiser, 2010).

Applying Evidence-Based Practices to Support Communication with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article describes early intervention to support communication development for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Kaiser, Nietfeld, & Roberts, 2010).

Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Phonological Emphasis for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

This chapter describes early intervention for language and communication for young children with Cleft Lip and Palate (Scherer & Kaiser, 2010).

Older Siblings' Use of Responsive Interaction Strategies and Effects on Their Younger Siblings with Down Syndrome

This paper describes intervention for increasing responsiveness in younger siblings with Down Syndrome by using research-based interaction strategies (Trent, Kaiser, & Frey, 2007).

Teaching Parents Communication Strategies

This article explains strategies interventionists can use to help parents support their children's communication development (Kaiser, Hancock, & Trent, 2007).

Communication Intervention for Young Children with Disabilities:  Naturalistic Approaches to Promoting Development

This chapter describes early intervention for language and communication and the effects on young children with disabilities (Kaiser & Trent, 2007).

Early Intervention for Children with Cleft Palate

This study explores early language intervention for children with cleft palate and answers frequently asked questions from parents about cleft palate (Scherer & Kaiser, 2007).

Enhanced Milieu Teaching

This article outlines Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT), the primary language intervention employed by the KidTalk Project (Hancock & Kaiser, 2006).

Teaching Functional Communication Skills

This chapter describes naturalistic approaches, including EMT, to teaching functional communication skills (Kaiser & Grim, 2005).

Teaching Parents New Skills to Support Their Young Children’s Development

A discussion of more effective parent strategies for children with developmental disabilities (Kaiser & Hancock, 2003).

The Effects of Trainer-Implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching on the Social Communication of Children with Autism

This study examines the effects of Enhanced Milieu Teaching on the social communication skills of preschool children with autism when delivered by trained interventionists (Hancock & Kaiser, 2002).

Improving the Social Communication Skills of at-risk Preschool Children in a Play Context

This study was designed to examine the effects of a three-component intervention on the social-communicative interactions of children at risk for language delays and behavior problems (Craig-Unkefer & Kaiser, 2002).

The Effects of Parent-Implemented Enhanced Milieu Teaching on the Social Communication of Children who have Autism

This study examines the effects of training parents to use Enhanced Milieu Teaching with children with autism or PDD (Kaiser, Hancock, & Nietfeld, 2000).