Enhancing Early Intervention Children’s Communication with their Depressed Mothers: Using LENA at the Crossroads of Early Intervention and Maternal Depression


The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility and efficacy of the LENA System on enriching the language environment of children in early intervention services by increasing the number of words spoken by mothers with depression around the child.

Presenting Author(s):

Marcia Mandel, PhD


Marcia Mandel, PhD1, Anne C. Wheeler, PhD2, Maureen J. Baker, MSN, RN3, Doré LaForett, PhD4, Maria Martinez, PhD3, Yui Matsuda, PhD5, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD6, Casey Okoniewski, PhD2, Rebecca Salomon, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC3, Julee Waldrop, DNP3, Linda Beeber, PhD3

Author Affiliation(s):

1Durham Children’s Developmental Services Agency/Early Intervention Branch/Division of Public Health/North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 2RTI International, 3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, 4Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 5University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, 6University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine