Development across the lifespan

Research in this area will advance educational, social and behavioral approaches that address developmental challenges — allowing individuals to participate more fully in education, the workforce and social environments while aiding their families and caregivers and decreasing economic costs to society.

Select KU research in this area

M. Hashim Raza and Erin Andres work in a lab

New research pinpoints promising gene target for specific language impairment

A study from the University of Kansas recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Brain Sciences identifies a new gene target related to Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
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Autism research that relies on preschool peers received grant to study predictive factors

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $345,000 grant to KU investigators to further their research with up to 40 preschool children with autism spectrum disorder.
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KU awarded $1M to help connect underrepresented KC youth with out-of-school opportunities

A team led by researchers at KU has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help underrepresented Kansas City youth access enriching out-of-school opportunities.
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Study shows lack of bilingual education adversely affects English language skills

A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Kansas has examined three key cognitive functions and their role in learning to write, showing that a lack of focus on bilingual education has contributed to Hispanic English learners falling behind.