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The last two years have been exciting and busy as we collected your questionnaires and met many of you for face-to-face assessments. Thank you so much for participating in the 11-year-old follow-up. We appreciate the time and commitment that you have put into ELVS so far. If you didn’t have time to send back questionnaires last time, don’t worry – you’ll have an opportunity to tell us how you and your child are going in the 13 year old questionnaire which will arrive in 2016.

If you didn’t hear from us when your child turned 11 it might mean that we don’t have the correct contact details for you. Please keep in touch! We would love to hear from you.

Click here to update your details, or you can phone or email instead.

What’s next?

ELVS Adolescence
Families will be invited to participate in a new phase of ELVS when their child turns 13. We hope that many families will be happy to take part and continue with us on the ELVS journey. We have kept our questionnaires short and there won’t be a face-to-face assessment this time. You can also complete the questions online if you prefer. Email us at if this is your preference.
The new follow-up study will add to our understanding of language and reading development as children move into adolescence and settle in to secondary school.

Who's taking part?
1910 babies and their families were originally taking part in ELVS.
These babies turned eight months old between September 2003 and April 2004, and at the time were living in one of the following areas around Melbourne: the City of Banyule, Brimbank, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse or Whittlesea. Families were recruited with the help of Maternal and Child Health Nurses and though some families have since moved far and wide, many continue to be part of ELVS.

What has happened so far?
We have sent you questionnaires almost every year since we first met your child when they were eight months old. We sent your child their first questionnaire when they were 11 years old.
The majority of ELVS children met one of the ELVS researchers if they had a face-to-face speech and language assessment. We were very fortunate and thankful to be invited into your homes and into your child’s school. The face-to-face assessments were done at 12 months, and again once the children turned four, five, seven and/or eleven years old.
We are so lucky to have families dedicated to research taking part in our study!
Also, many families have had a number of extra face-to-face visits and questionnaires. They have been involved in different sub-studies.
Families can choose whether or not to take part at each stage of the study. We hope that most families will continue the ELVS journey with us. The more families that take part, the more valuable the study will be.

What if I think my child has language or literacy difficulties?
Most children in the study will not have any problems learning. We will notify parents if during data collection we identify children who experience problems.
If you have any concerns about your child's language and literacy development during the study, you should talk to your school teacher or your GP. They will advise you as to whether you should see a speech pathologist (there may already be a speech pathologist you can speak to at your child’s school).
If your child sees a speech pathologist, you can continue to be a part of ELVS. It is just as important for us to have information on children who might be having problems learning language.

What do I do if I think my child is stuttering? 
We ask parents to call us on (03) 9345 5484 if they notice their child stuttering. We will talk to you about the possibility of a speech pathologist calling you to get some more detailed information about the speech behaviours you have noticed.

Who should I tell if I change my address or phone number?
If you have recently moved or have changed your contact details, please let us know by either calling us on (03) 9345 5484 or sending us an email ( You can also update your contact details online here.