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Paula McLaughlin

Researcher (Alumni)


University of Liverpool

A bit about Paula McLaughlin

I have always been interested in language, in particular language acquisition and Specific Language Impairment in children. I completed my undergraduate degree, BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy, in 2009 at the University of Ulster and had been working as a Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist before joining the LuCiD team.

My Role in LuCiD

I am working as a Research Assistant on the Language 0-5 Project, which will build  on our understanding of how children learn to communicate effectively. I will be testing these children at regular points throughout this time using a range of standardised language measures and experimental methods.  The project will allow us to build a comprehensive picture of language development in the early years and it will also help us to learn why some children seem to be able to process language more quickly than others.

My work within the project will focus on children’s language development at 19- 31 months. In particular I will looking at the errors that children make in their language and what this may mean in terms of their language development. I am keen to look at how individual differences can impact language development.




LuCiD publications (3) by Paula McLaughlin

Bidgood, A., McLaughlin, P., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Pine, J., & Rowland, C. (2018). The relationship between oral-motor skills and 2 years, vocabulary production and later articulation skills. Paper presented at the Child Langauge Symposium, Reading, UK.

Bidgood, A., & McLaughlin, P. (2018). Preconference workshop on ELAN. Delivered at the 3rd Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK.

Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., McLaughlin, P., & Rowland, C. (2017). Executive Function and Language in Typically Developing Toddlers. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

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