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We aim to better understand child development of literacy, language and social communication skills in typical development and in developmental disorders

Our research programme focuses on language disorders in a range of neuro-developmental conditions, including children with developmental language disorder, autism spectrum disorders and reading difficulties. We use experimental methods and longitudinal studies of different populations to try and understand why some children have difficulty acquiring their native language, what helps language develop in these populations, and how language interacts with other aspects of development.

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Principal investigator

Courtenay Frazier Norbury

Courtenay is Professor of Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication and a qualified speech-language therapist.

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