Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) and Follow-up studies
ELVS aims to learn more about how language develops from infancy
(8 months) to adolescence. In particular, ELVS aims to learn more
about why language development is more difficult for some children.
We hope this information will help in developing early intervention
and prevention programs for children who are at risk for language
The study began in September 2003, and over the following 8 months
more than 1900 families joined ELVS when their babies were 8-10
months of age. ELVS continued following the children until they had
all turned 4 years of age by September 2007.
In 2008 ELVS commenced a 3 year follow-up study of children
involved. Our aim was to understand language and reading
development in the early school years. ELVS families were invited
to participate in this new and exciting phase of the study. We are
delighted that many families have agreed to continue on our ELVS
journey with us.
ELVS families have so far helped researchers understand many areas
of communication development. This includes: stuttering, genes and
child development, multilingual development, speech sound
disorders, links between memory and language, and autistic spectrum
disorders. ELVS is very lucky to have such committed families
In 2012, ELVS investigators were successful in receiving funding
to follow the children into adolescence. We hope to see all
children face-to-face when they are 11 years old as well as collect
parent and teacher questionnaires to see how their communication
and literacy skills are developing.
ELVS families will be invited to participate in the next
exciting phase of this project as their child turns 11 years