iTOYS is a language development lab based in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

What are we doing?

Our Lab conducts research designed to make language treatment (therapy) work better, faster, and for more children.  We are also interested in prevention through improved speech-language screening practices.

Currently, we are enrolling toddlers (15-30 months old) who do not have a diagnosed disability but are struggling with vocabulary development.  This treatment study is designed to explore new strategies that may help toddlers learn words faster.

The study consists of several weeks of learning sessions with your child.  These sessions involve an SLP or SLP graduate student engaging your child in age-appropriate play and games.  You are welcome to stay with your child the whole time.  These fun learning sessions will take place on the CU-Boulder campus in the iTOYS Lab, located in room 350 of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building, or at a location convenient for you.  We will provide free parking, compensation for travel costs, and a book for your child!  Additionally, you will receive information about your child’s language development as well as some information that may help you encourage your child’s language development at home.

This study is managed by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Dr. Christina Meyers-Denman, CCC-SLP. 

Participation is always voluntary—we would love to have help from your junior scientist!  Please contact us at or call Dr.Meyers-Denman at (303) 492-4951 to get more information about whether this study is a good fit for your child.