Welcome to the Infant Communication Lab
The Infant Communication Lab studies the development of gesture and language in infants and toddlers. We do this primarily by observing babies as they play with familiar adults in their own homes. To babies, our research is just playtime!
Our current projects focus on:
- Babies’ early vocalizations and their relationship to motor activity
- Changes in gesture use as children’s language develops
- Parents’ use of gestures when talking to their children
- Parents’ interpretation of their children’s gestures
- Early vocal, motor, and communicative development in infants at risk for Autism
Featured Research From Our Lab
- Fine motor skill predicts expressive language in infant siblings of children with autism.
Assessment of fine motor skills in infancy may be a key step in the early identification of children with language difficulties.
- Postural development in infants at heightened vs. low risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Infants later diagnosed with ASD exhibited substantial delays in the emergence of more advanced postures, and these delays may have cascading effects on opportunities for infant exploration and learning.
- Developing language in a developing body: The relationship between motor development and language development.
The emergence of new motor skills changes infants’ experiences with objects and people in ways that are relevant for communicative and language development.