KAW Story Project

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KAW Story is a clinical trial aimed at helping kindergarten children who have a specific language impairment (SLI) to learn new words through an interactive book reading treatment.  The study is seeking to find the most favorable treatment for children with vocabulary difficulties through interactive book reading. In the treatment, children will be exposed to 60 new words by listening to an adult read 10 different storybooks and engaging in activities with the books over 30-45 sessions. Participants must meet the criteria for Specific Language Impairment, a language delay that affects children who otherwise have normal intelligence. Children must be in kindergarten or kindergarten age, have normal hearing and vision, and speak only English. Children with low speech or reading levels may participate, but they cannot have other medical/behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, or autism. Each child will undergo a series of assessments to determine study eligibility. After eligibility is determined, qualifying children will begin the treatment portion of the study.

For questions or to participate, contact:
Rouzana Komesidou
Project Coordinator
rkomesidou@ku.edu

785-864-4873

The table below shows the approximate time commitment required of participants.  Children are randomly assigned to one of four different treatment schedules that receive a predetermined number of exposures to the treatment words.

Treatment Part 1:

Preliminary Evaluation

 

Vocabulary Test Prior to Treatment

Interactive Book Reading Treatment

Vocabulary Test Immediately Following Treatment

 

Vocabulary Test 2 Weeks Post-Treatment

 

3-4 hours

1-2 hours

7-12 weeks

1-1.5 hours

1-1.5 hours

3-4 sessions, lasting 30 to 60 minutes

1-2 sessions, lasting 30 to 60 minutes

15-23 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

1-2 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

1-2 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

$25.00 at end

 

 

 

$25.00 at end

Treatment Part 2:

Interactive Book Reading Treatment

Vocabulary Test Immediately Following Treatment

Vocabulary Test 2 Weeks Post-Treatment

 

7-12 weeks

1-1.5 hours

1-1.5 hours

15-23 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

1-2 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

1-2 sessions, lasting 30 to 45 minutes

 

 

$25.00 at end


 
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