We would like to invite children ages seven to eight to participate in our early language study. Our study involves both behavioral measures and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI is a completely safe, non-invasive procedure that allows researchers to take pictures of the brain. MRI does not involve radiation, like with X-ray.

If you and your child are interested in participating, please complete this preliminary questionnaire. This brief survey takes only 3-5 minutes, and allows us to determine if your child qualifies for our current study. After completing the survey, we will contact you within a few days.

If your child does not qualify for the study, feel free to complete the questionnaire anyway. We can add your family to our database of interested families and contact you in the future if you do qualify.

If you and your child choose to participate in the current study, your child will come to our lab facilities for six sessions. The sessions are held on the University of Texas campus in Austin,TX. These sessions will each last about 1.5 hours. During these sessions, your child will play some games on the computer, complete standardized testing, learn about MRI during practice sessions, and enjoy a little downtime. Your child will become familiar with our pretend MRI machine, learn how MRI works, and participate in two real MRIs. All testing is child friendly and child appropriate. At the end of each session your child will receive $20/hour, and you will also be given $20 as reimbursement for transportation to each visit. The six sessions will take place within 4 months, but you may be invited to participate in follow-up research at approximately yearly intervals.

All visits can be scheduled during the day, after school, or on weekends. For all visits, a legal parent or guardian must be present so we can better introduce the study and have you sign consent forms for your child. All the data provided by your child will remain confidential. No child will be identified by name in any reports of this study.

If you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail or call our lab at 512-545-5829. More detailed information about our study can be found below.


Brain Development Lab

Who we are:

University of Texas at Austin's Brain Development Lab

Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

What we do:

We study children’s brain development, with a particular focus on how the brain changes as children learn. We use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to measure brain structure and activity.

Why Participate:

· This project is an amazing opportunity to participate in an investigational study that may lead to improved clinical diagnoses and treatment of children with Language Impairment.

· Participants who enroll in this study will receive payment to compensate them for their participation.

· Children who participate receive a CD which includes MRI “pictures” of their brain to take home with them.

· Parents may elect to receive a report with results of their child's standardized testing results.

Who is invited?

7-8 year olds who qualify based on our language screener

Children CANNOT participate in MRI studies if they:

· Have any metal in the body (braces, implants, etc.)

· Are left handed

· Are claustrophobic

· Speaks English less than 50% of the time

· Have history of premature birth or birth complications, ADHD, hearing impairment, uncorrected visual impairment, psychiatric disorders, or neurological disease