ISU Meridian Health Science Center

ISU-Meridian professor recruiting children for language study

June 24, 2013

Dr. Diane Ogiela, an assistant professor in Idaho State University-Meridian’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is conducting a study to better understand how children with language learning difficulties process and understand language.

She and her research team are recruiting 7 and 8-year-old children who have received language therapy from a speech-language pathologist or have a language-based learning disability.
“Our long-term goal is to develop new treatment strategies for children with language difficulties,” said Ogiela.

To qualify, a child must use English as his or her native or primary language and have no history of intellectual impairment, autism spectrum disorder or a known genetic syndrome/disorder that affects learning.
The study takes two sessions (each lasting about 1 ½ hours) and includes a free hearing screening and language testing. Sessions will be conducted at ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, and test results will be provided to parents at no cost. After each session, children will receive a $5 Target gift card.

If interested in participating, contact Dr. Ogiela at 373-1870, 373-1853 or email her at


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