Our featured Research ProjectS





"The long-term progress of Hear and Say children: An investigation of academic outcomes using NAPLAN results" 

Led by:  PhD Student and speech pathologist, Nicola Bell, the study is a collaboration between the University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Hear and Say.


Brief description: This study aims to investigate the impact of early listening and spoken intervention on the children’s performance on measures of literacy and reading using standardised tests of language and literacy and novel electro-encephalogram (EEG) techniques.


During EEG a fitted net of electrodes is placed around a participant’s to measure their brain activity while they complete simple computer-based activities.  The activities used in this study involve making a yes/no judgment about (a) whether two words rhyme, and (b) whether a picture matches a spoken word.  While very simple these tasks allow important insights into how children process sound and meaning, which are critical for the development of literacy skills.


The response to this research to date has been fantastic but Nicola is still looking to recruit both children who have cochlear implants and children of that age with typical hearing.


We are particularly looking for children who will be in Grades 1 to 4 in 2017. Participants get a free comprehensive report of their language and literacy skills based on the standardised testing. 


If you are interested in your child participating in this study, please contact Dr Wendy Arnott for more information by phone: 07 3850 2111 or email


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