Call for Families of K-4th Grade Students with Limited Verbal Speech: COVID-19 Language and Literacy Project

A team at Vanderbilt University is recruiting families for a research project focused on learning about the ways families are involved in language and literacy learning for children who are nonverbal or have limited verbal speech during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goal is to understand how to support strong outcomes for children and their families during this unprecedented time. Families can receive up to $220 in gift cards and two new children’s books for participating. Your family might be eligible to participate in your child attends a public school in Tennessee and: (1) is in Kindergarten- 4th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, (2) has a disability and receives special education services, and (3) Is nonverbal or has limited verbal speech (e.g., uses 1-3 word phrases, nonverbal communication, or augmentative or alternative communication such as picture symbols or a speech-generating device or “talker”). All participation occurs online, at times that are convenient to families. To learn more about the project or complete an interest form, visit You can also contact Elizabeth E. Biggs, PhD at [email protected].

Elizabeth E. Biggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education | Peabody College
Vanderbilt University
OMC #406B
(615) 343-2494
[email protected]