Motor Speech Study for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The UA Motor Speech Research Lab is conducting an NIH-funded study to examine how children with cerebral palsy (CP) breathe while they talk. This study has the potential to change how we develop and implement speech interventions for children with CP by providing critical information needed to base intervention decisions.

Many children with cerebral palsy have trouble being understood when they talk. For some children with cerebral palsy, these troubles could be due to difficulty coordinating talking and breathing. The research team would like to find out how these difficulties impact speech, so we can help to evaluate better therapies to target breathing during speech.

We will meet with families 2 times; the first meeting can be in the family home or the Motor Speech Lab at U of A (according to parent preference), and the second meeting will be at the Motor Speech Lab at U of A.

Families will receive a small monetary compensation, and we are able provide the results of all testing to the families.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

We are looking for 30 children with CP, ages 10 to 16 years old.

Inclusionary criteria:
1) Diagnosis of CP
2) Fluent speaker of American English (can be bilingual)
3) Normal hearing (aided or unaided)
4) Primarily a verbal communicator
5) Able to follow basic directions

For more information and to become a participant, contact:
(520) 621-3004 or

Recruitment Letter for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Meghan Darling-White, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator