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homepage_loicWelcome to the Leeds Child Development Unit! We are a group of researchers at the University of Leeds who study how children learn to communicate. We are always looking for families and schools to take part in our studies. Have a look around the site to find out more about us, our research, and how to get involved!

We work with local nurseries, schools, and families who volunteer to participate in our studies, either at school or by coming into our lab. We run a variety of studies using toys, games, books, and computers, with children from birth up to 10 years and beyond. The studies are fun and interesting, with no right or wrong answers. Our findings help us answer questions about how grammar, vocabulary, and effective communication develop.

Our research is funded by The University of Leeds, the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Our latest newsletter is available here: LCDU newsletter spring 2018.

Huge thanks and goodbye to our fabulous Q-Step summer intern. Millie helped push our projects on in all sorts of wa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

RT @Literacy_Trust: There’s no better way to keep your child’s development going over the summer holidays than reading. Visit your loca… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Calling all parents of children with #asd. If your child is 3-7 yrs old and has #autism please consider taking part… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…