Child Development

Research to help children learn, grown and reach their full potential from infancy into adolescence and adulthood.
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Experiences and conditions in early childhood has been shown to have disproportionate effects on human development across the entire life span. The Life Span Institute's research in child development is done with the goal to empower parents and practitioners to meet children's earliest developmental and health needs. We hope to ensure all children can reach their potential as they grow through adolescence and adulthood.

Research Highlights

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Research Project: Specific Language Impairment

Specific language impairment (SLI) affects up to 7-10% of individuals in the United States. SLI affects communication, learning, and social abilities, and requires additional attention in school. The causes of SLI are not well understood.
Kathryn Bigelow

Introducing Investigator Kathryn Bigelow

Associate Research Professor Kathryn Bigelow focuses on early childhood language and social-emotional development, and on the translation of evidence-based interventions for parents, care providers, home visitors, and early intervention providers within both center-based and home-based early childhood education.
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News: DHA and Development

University of Kansas researchers have reported that pregnant women who consumed a supplement of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient added to U.S. infant formulas since 2002, tend to have children with higher fat-free body mass at 5 years old.

Our Research

At the Life Span Institute, we conduct research whose end goal is the improvement of children's health and development.
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