Receptive Abilities in Children (REACH)

Purpose:

  • Project REACH is a new study that will discover more about how children with cerebral palsy (CP) or other motor impairments learn and understand new words and ideas.
  • It can be difficult for some children with motor impairments to show us what they know because they may have trouble talking and using their hands. They might struggle to answer questions, point to pictures, or move objects around. If a child can’t show others what s/he knows, we have to guess where to start with learning in school and therapies! Often our guesses are wrong and children miss out on learning.
  • In project REACH, we will use special eye gaze technology to help us figure out what children know and how they learn so that we unlock their potential to REACH for the stars.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Children between 36 and 72 months who:

  • Have motor impairment or a diagnosis of cerebral palsy
  • Speak English as their primary language

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

  • Personalized summary results from all visits
  • Private consultation with a speech therapist and/or physical therapist at each visit
  • Compensation for participation
  • Small toy at each lab visit

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION INVOLVE?

Visits to the Waisman Center

  • 1-2 visits to the Waisman Center, 60-90 minutes each
  • Each visit will consist of games and assessments that teach us about language learning and vocabulary

Parent Questionnaires

  • Questionnaires about your child’s development

WHAT ELSE CAN I EXPECT?

  • Results from all assessments
  • Access to resources
  • Compensation for participation
  • Small prize at each lab visit

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

REACH is not actively recruiting participants at this time.  Stay tuned!