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The challenge remains to identify which children won't catch up, or might suddenly fall behind, so that they can get early intervention.

To answer this, our researchers continue to look at genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors affecting language. For the past 15 years, they have been collecting and analysing data from more than 5000 West Australian children aged 2 - 14 years, including 700 sets of twins. This ‘Looking at Language’ study is the largest, longest and most comprehensive study of language and literacy development in the world.

Our researchers are also looking at:

  • Exactly how language development impacts on a child's success at school
  • Ways to develop a universal system for monitoring children’s language development in childhood and adolescence.
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