For Parents, Clinicians, and Teachers: What We Offer

New school-year program for preschoolers with speech-language delays!

For many years, our lab has offered a summer program for 4-5 year olds with speech-language delays (Summer Fun). We have recently added a new school-year program that also combines participation in our word-learning study with language enrichment for your child.

Children are seen for 1-2 sessions of testing to determine eligibility. If eligible, children are seen for 5-6 more sessions. In addition to research, each session includes general language enrichment activities centered on a children’s book; the book provides a springboard for related activities that focus on vocabulary, sentence building, and/or pre-literacy skills.

Families receive $10 per session and a speech, language and hearing evaluation for their child. These one-hour sessions may be scheduled at Purdue in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We know that 8 sessions can be difficult to schedule. For this reason, if parents prefer, some sessions may be scheduled at the child’s home or another location (school, day care, community center).

For more information, contact Pat Deevy at 765-496-1821 or IRB#: 1603017480.   

Summer Fun

In our “Summer Fun” program, children with Language Impairment between the ages of 4 years, 6 months and 5 years, 11 months come to Lyles-Porter Hall on the Purdue campus three mornings a week for four weeks.

Half of their time each day (2 30-minute periods) is spent participating in a variety of research activities. These activities use computers, toys, puppets, and picture books, and are designed to be engaging and entertaining for preschoolers. The other half of the children’s time is spent in group and individual activities conducted by ASHA certified speech-language pathologists/clinicians and students from SLHS. Individual therapy focuses on specific speech and language goals, while group therapy emphasizes experiential and enrichment activities. We call it “Summer Fun” because the children really do have a great time. 

This program provides a valuable opportunity to study many aspects of speech and language development in the same children. It also provides therapy during the summer months, when services are often unavailable through the schools.

summer fun

Over the course of the program, each child receives
12 30-minute sessions of individual speech-language therapy
and 12 30-minute periods of small group therapy,
at no cost to families.
In addition, families are reimbursed $10 per day for participation in research.


Parents and clinicians in central Indiana are invited to contact us at any time during the year for more information about Summer Fun at or call (765) 496-2253 or (800) 691-4700.

Other Services Provided by Our Lab

We conduct our studies not just in the summer, but throughout the year, exploring a variety of questions about the obstacles facing children with Language Impairment, and how to provide treatment that significantly improves the children’s language skills.

As part of our research, we conduct testing to determine if children show the characteristics necessary to participate in our projects. This assessment includes tests of speech and language ability, a hearing screening, and other developmental measures. We discuss these results with the children’s families and provide them with a written report. We are also happy to share this test information with other professionals if the families would like us to do so.

No fees are charged for this testing because it is considered part of the process to determine if a child is appropriate for our research activities. Families are reimbursed $10 per visit for all participation in research, including this initial evaluation.

For more information, please email us at or call (765) 496-2253 or (800) 691-4700.


The Lab and our Research

Children with Language Impairment: The Focus of Our Research

Current Studies: Participate!


Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3182 
Phone: 765-496-2253

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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