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First published Friday 22 June 2018.

  • Looking at Language is the largest, longest and most comprehensive study of language and literacy development in the world and the only one to attempt to comprehensively map trajectories in language development at 2, 4, 6, 9 and 14 years of age.
  • The study commenced in 2002, with data collection ending in 2017.
  • Although the study is an international collaboration, all study participants and data collection were based in Western Australia.
  • Looking at Language involved 5,000 children and families overall and included 7,000 full assessments – equating to more than 24,500 hours of testing.
  • The data gathered by the study will be used to determine both genetic and environmental pathways in language development, and are expected to help improve services and supports for children with language difficulties.
  • The project is a joint initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, The University of Kansas
  • (USA), and the University of Nebraska (USA).
  • The 15-year study was funded by the prestigious USA National Institutes of Health, receiving three successive grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication.
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