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The ELVS team is very busy contacting families, sending out questionnaires and visiting schools and homes to do 11 year old face-to-face assessments. We cannot believe the ELVS kids are turning 11!

This year we have questionnaires for ELVS parents, teachers and children. We have also moved into the digital age, so you can complete questionnaires online if you prefer. If your child has already turned 11 but you haven't heard from us, send us an email or give us a call - (03) 9345 5484, 

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We hope to see all children face-to-face when they are 11 years old as well as collect parent, child and teacher questionnaires along the way.

We will send you information about the second ELVS Follow-up study around the time of your child's 11th birthday. Families will be invited to participate in this new phase of ELVS and will need to complete a new consent form to do so. We hope that many families will be happy to take part and continue with us on the ELVS journey.

The aims of this new Follow-up study include adding to our understanding of language and reading development in the early-mid school years.

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 in these areas. Families have since moved far and wide but many continue to be part of ELVS.

Amazingly, the ELVS children have just started turning 11 years old! We are so fortunate to have you still involved in the study.

Some ELVS children had a face-to-face speech and language assessment when they were 12 months old. The majority of ELVS children met one of the ELVS researchers when they turned four, five and seven years old. We are so lucky to have families so dedicated to research taking part in our study.

Many families have had a number of face-to-face visits and extra questionnatires. They have been involved in different sub-studies. Click here for information about these additional ELVS projects.

Families can choose whether or not to take part at any stage of the study. We hope that many families will be happy to take part and continue the ELVS journey with us. The more families that take part, the more valuable the study will be.

If you have any concerns about your child's language and literacy development during the study, you should talk to your school teacher, a speech pathologist (there may be one at your child's school), or your GP. They will advise you as to whether you should see a speech pathologist.

If you do see 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 are struggling to learn language as well as those children who have no difficulties.

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.

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 ( or update your contact details here: