Speech Development Laboratory

The Speech Development Lab at the University of Florida is interested in how children acquire the abilities to recognize the phonetic-level structure of their native language and to produce speech with the gestural organization typical of their native language; what role the ability to recognize that structure plays in language processing; what conditions of childhood support the development of these skills; and precisely how perceptual processing of the speech signal is affected by conditions such as poverty, frequent severe ear infections, and hearing loss.

Research Areas

Overview of research at the Speech Development Lab

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Participate in Research

The Speech Development Lab is looking for adults and children to participate in research studies

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Dr. Nittrouer was honored to speak at the University of Florida doctoral commencement on December 15, 2017.