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About the study

The LOOKING at Language study follows the language development of more than 2,000 Western Australian children aged from two to 14 years. It is the world's only study to conduct such detailed assessment of language and literacy development from infancy through the formative adolescent years. 

This study aims to identify risk and protective factors that influence children’s language, literacy and educational attainment, and addresses two priority areas for language development in children:

  1. Determining factors that contribute to or cause normal and disordered communication; and
  2. Developing and refining diagnostic criteria to facilitate early diagnosis of communication disorders

Knowledge about genetic and environmental pathways to language disorders and reading disorders will translate to improved early identification of children at risk for language and reading disorders and improved service provision for children in the health and education sectors.