Development and Plasticity of the Neural Network for Speech Motor Control

Neural Network for Speech Motor Control


We want to learn more about how the ability to speak develops. Our study looks at how kids of different ages perform in an activity where they say different words and listen to themselves saying them. This will help us understand more about how and at what age the brain develops the ability to produce speech.

Participate in this study

Do you want to help scientists find out more about how we learn to speak? Consider participating in a research study about speech development.

Who can participate

Children ages 4-9 years are eligible to take part, if they:

  • speak English
  • have typical speech and language development with no learning difficulties, and
  • have never had a brain injury.

What's Involved

Coming to Holland Bloorview for a session lasting about 2 hours, where the participant will speak words into a microphone and hear them played back in earphones. Participants will first have a short hearing test to make sure they are able to do the study task. Participants will receive a small token of appreciation [$15 gift card to Shoppers Drug Mart and a letter of appreciation] to thank them for their time.


May 2019

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Cheung at scheung@hollandbloorview.ca or at 416-425-6220 ext 3090 with your interest, and she will get back to your shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Learn more about this study

Please do not share any confidential information. The research team will contact you by phone or email to provide more details about this study.