Cubbies Are Full at World’s First CrowdFunded, Nonprofit Preschool
This Affect Magazine article introduces a new language-focused Chicago preschool called VOCEL, which stands for Viewing Our Children as Emerging Leaders. LENA is used as an assessment tool at VOCEL to quantify classroom interactions and track each child’s progress.
Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap
This PBS Newshour piece examines strategies being used to increase conversation in the homes of families who are part of the Providence Talks program, as well as the program’s use of the LENA System.
Get them early, the key to educational success
A Euronews Learning World article and video examine various approaches to increasing early childhood learning around the world. LENA’s language analysis technology is featured in the second segment as an important tool in Dr. Dana Suskind’s 30 Million Words project.
Voice as biomarker: Using vocalizations to screen for autism
A Contemporary Pediatrics article highlights the work of D. Kimbrough Oller, PhD and other researchers who are using child vocalizations as a measure to screen for autism spectrum disorder. LENA’s recorder has has been used as a key data collection tool for that research. The article also makes mention of LENA’s broader early childhood intervention and research applications.
Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word
A New York Times article and video on new programs that focus on the home environment of very young children and how the use of LENA’s Digital Language Processor (DLP) technology can benefit these initiatives.
Efforts To Close the Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home
National Public Radio ran a story on the efforts to close the word and achievement gap in Providence, Rhode Island using LENA with home visitation.
City of Providence Launches “Providence Talks”
Providence, Rhode Island won Grand Prize in the 2012-2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Mayors Challenge” competition with a proposal to use the LENA System for recording and reporting children’s language environment as part of a pioneering initiative to improve language development in children ages 0-3. The “Providence Talks” program, which took first place in the competition against 20 finalists selected from 305 applicants, rolls out this spring with a pilot of 75 families, and is expected to grow to 2,000 families by 2015. The LENA donated its full participation in Providence Talks, including all equipment, software and staff time.
Public Policies, Made to Fit People
Richard H. Thaler, an economist from the University of Chicago, notes that research findings in social and behavioral science can be used to improve public policy. One example is the word gap between poor and affluent families. He discusses the programs of Dr. Dana Suskind and Providence Talks, both aimed at minimizing the word gap, including their use of LENA as a tool to provide feedback to parents.
How to Raise Verbal Children
Lexicon Valley, a Slate podcast about language hosted by Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo, discussed the importance of talking to your kids. Betty Hart and Todd Risley’s research, “Providence Talks,” and LENA were all part of the discussion.