During the years that it took me to conduct my dissertation research, I had to ask, convince, or beg a lot of parents to take a whole day and participate in my study at the Child Development Lab at the University of Maryland. I traveled with my research assistants and a car full of equipment to New York and New Jersey more than once. I was able to get my study done only because of the kindness of many families.
Along the way, I got the help of a speech therapist who tried to encourage her families to participate in my study. She told me that she had one mother who asked her “What’s in it for me?” This thoughtful speech therapist told the mother “Nothing actually, but the reason your child is doing so well is thanks to the parents who participated in the research 10 years ago. Now you can do the same to improve the lives of families in the future.”
Please take a few minutes and fill out this short survey online (I did it myself and it only took me about 5 minutes). It is the doctoral research of Adrian Taylor at Vanderbilt University. Here is a chance to make a difference to children with hearing loss all over the world and perhaps many years from now.