How language develops, what goes wrong and why it matters: Following the Early Language in Victoria Study to age 13

Project contact

Sheena Reilly

Project Details

2003, we established the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS), a prospective study of 1,910 Victorian infants already followed to age 7 years. In this study we will capture the ELVS children’s abilities from middle childhood to adolescence, a transition phase that poses greater physical, academic, cognitive, social and emotional challenges. We will track the children’s language, literacy, health and well-being to 13 years by multi-source informant, direct assessment and linkage to national academic data at 9, 11 and 13 years.


  • Sheena Reilly
  • Melissa Wake
  • Edith Bavin
  • Fiona Mensah
  • Lisa Gold
  • Anne Castles


NHMRC Project Grant