Center for Infant Studies | Stanford University 

Current Projects

Language Learning by Children born Preterm

Language Learning by Children Born Preterm


Some children born prematurely are at an increased risk of language-based learning disabilities, however, there are considerable individual differences in outcomes with many preterm children performing in ways that are indistinguishable from their full-term peers. Our previous research shows that measures of speech processing efficiency in full term infants predict later success on cognitive and language tasks in childhood. In this longitudinal study from 18 to 54 mos, we examine the clinical utility of early language processing measures for identifying relations between early skills and later outcomes in this clinical population. The results of this study will inform future theoretically- and empirically-driven intervention research and studies of the neural basis of language acquisition.