The Word and Sound Learning Lab is a research laboratory in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas. Founded in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Holly L. Storkel, associate professor, the lab has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders through a K23 Career Development Award (PDF) (DC04781, 2001-2006), an R03 Small Grant (DC06545, 2004-2006), a R01 Research Grants (DC08095, 2006-2011 (PDF);  and currently DC012824, 2013-2018. The research mission of this group is to understand how typically developing children and children with language impairments learn the words and sounds of the language by testing predictions of existing theories of language acquisition and by developing evidence-based instructional and clinical practices. The laboratory is located in the John T. Stewart Children's wing of Haworth Hall (Rooms 4144 and 4153) and the Dole Human Development Center (Room 3086) on the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas. To learn more about our currently active project, visit our KAW Story Project page or the  Press Release.


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