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Language and Literacy laboratory

Participate in a Research Study

The Language and Literacy lab has invited college students, professionals, children, and people with communication disorders to participate in various types of research studies. Below is a listing of current opportunities. Check back again for updates to this page, or contact Dr. Moore about future opportunities to participate in a study. 

Children Needed for Reading and Language Study

The purpose of the study is to examine how the knowledge and use of different speech sounds influence children’s performance on language and reading tasks. We hope that this research will eventually be able to contribute to the teaching approaches that are used for children who have difficulties learning reading and language skills.

Who: Children attending first through fourth grade in West Virginia who are currently receiving special education services in school for language skills

Qualifications for the study: Children will be included in the study if they meet the following criteria: (1) they are currently enrolled in 1st through 4th grade, (2) English is their primary language, (3) only English is spoken in their home, (4) they are able to correctly produce all 14 of the speech sounds specifically tested in the experimental protocol, (5) they pass a hearing threshold screening, (6) they perform within the normal range on the nonverbal subtests of an abbreviated intelligence test, (7) they are currently receiving special education services in school for language skills, and (8) they do not have a diagnosis of autism.

What will my child do if they participate in the study? 
1) If you and your child are willing to participate, you will be asked to complete a short background and communication questionnaire. 2) Your child will then be asked to complete a screening that will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. If your child meets the study criteria for hearing, speech, and intellectual ability (mentioned above), they will be asked to complete the experiment. 3) The experimental session will take approximately 60-75 minutes to complete (or this session can be split into two sessions that are ~30 minutes in length). During the experimental session, your child will be asked to complete language and reading tasks with words and made-up words. Children who complete the experimental session will receive a story book for their participation.

Where: All sessions will take place in Allen Hall on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University, or at the child’s school.

If your child meets these criteria and you are interested in participating in this study, please contact me by email (, or phone (304-293-8965).

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Michelle W. Moore, PhD, CCC-SLP 
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders 
807B Allen Hall 
West Virginia University 

(WVU IRB approval is on file)