Journal article

Levers for Language Growth: Characteristics and Predictors of Language Trajectories between 4 and 7 Years

C McKean, FK Mensah, P Eadie, EL Bavin, L Bretherton, E Cini, S Reilly

PLoS One | Public Library of Science | Published : 2015

Abstract

Evidence is required as to when and where to focus resources to achieve the greatest gains for children's language development. Key to these decisions is the understanding of individual differences in children's language trajectories and the predictors of those differences. To determine optimal timing we must understand if and when children's relative language abilities become fixed. To determine where to focus effort we must identify mutable factors, that is those with the potential to be changed through interventions, which are associated with significant differences in children's language scores and rate of progress.

Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The Early Language Victoria Study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, https://www.nhmrc.gov.au (SR, ELB, PE, LB #237106, #9436958 and #1041947). This study was also supported by funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CM, FKM, SR #1023493) and a National Health and Medical Research Council funded Early Career Fellowship (FKM #1037449), and a National Health and Medical Research Council funded Practitioner Fellowship (SR, #1041892). Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.