We are two parents, with kids ages 2 and 6 years. We record what our kiddos say on our phones, and share them with relatives in Chicago, Washington State, Michigan, and Taiwan. And right now, we’re social distancing -- managing the day-to-day juggle of child caring, home schooling, and working from home.
We are also scientists who study how children learn language. Usually, this involves inviting families to come to our University labs or visiting children at schools. But both are closed right now, so we want to create a project that would shed light on what families are going through right now, and to get everyone involved in crafting solutions.
This is how the idea of language scrapbooking began. From a memory perspective, scrapbooks organize moments in time, making them easy to share with others. From a science perspective, scrapbooks offer a window into how language develops, both within and across children.
Meet the team!
This study has been approved by the University of Maryland College Park Institutional Review Board. For more information, see our IRB approval letter here.
The KidTalk app was developed by Chip Studio. Check out their website here.
Other Helpful People
Our logo and the other icons and illustrations featured on our website and in the KidTalk app were designed by Emily Brymer. Emily is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Newark, Delaware. We appreciate all her hard work and talent - KidTalk wouldn't be the same without her art!
Former Team Members
Anna Petti (Undergraduate Student, 2020)
Abby Rosler (Undergraduate Student, 2020)
Ezekiel Coleman (Undergraduate Student, 2020)
Alex Ichimura (Undergraduate Student, 2020)
Parker Robbins (Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant, 2020)
Juliani Vidal (Graduate Student, 2020)
Alexandra Heyl (Undergraduate Student, 2020)