Actionable feedback for the adults who matter most.
Parent-group classes: scalable, cost-effective, building social capital.
Interventions with large populations often hit two roadblocks: excessive complexity and inconsistent implementation. LENA Start avoids these traps by focusing on a single goal—improving talk between parents and children.
LENA Start takes a cost-effective and scalable approach by delivering LENA feedback and strategies to increase talk to groups of parents, particularly targeting high-need families. Staffing needs are reduced, while impact is increased. Effective implementation is ensured by delivering the program through videos and scripted instruction—and by continuous data feedback.
Growing from an initial launch of two sites in 2015, LENA Start has expanded to 16 metro areas nationwide.
By the end of 2017, the program will have expanded to reach 1,082 families.
Average number of words families added to their daily diet after completing the program.
Average number of interactions with their babies that families added to their daily routine.
Developmental Snapshot assessment results show that babies are building five months of language development in two months’ time.
LENA Start builds home libraries by giving every family a book at each session.
Professional development to increase interactive classroom talk.
Recognizing that many children spend up to 60% of their waking hours in a childcare setting, LENA Grow focuses on enabling childcare providers to increase interactive talk, as well as shared reading. LENA Grow piloted in three classrooms in the fall of 2016 through a partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County (ELC). In spring 2017, LENA Grow is expanding to reach 129 children in 12 classrooms and launching at VOCEL in Chicago.
Early results from the pilot show that teachers in the toddler classrooms have increased how much they are speaking to the children by 54 percent, and the children are responding back 88 percent more than before the program on average. The infant classrooms also show substantial increases in interaction.
LENA’s talk reports for teachers focus primarily on conversational turns, a strong measure of interactive talk. Hourly breakouts indicate which times during the day activities were most effective at increasing talk. At the individual level, data builds a record of each child’s language development over time and helps to identify children who may benefit from more individual attention. The reports also include data on the audio environment in the classroom, which gives an overall picture of the noise level and indicates to teachers how much of the day children may have trouble hearing or understanding speech.
The Room Detail report allows further drilling down into the room’s or teacher’s record of interactive talk. It provides detail of previous recording days and an hourly breakdown of the most recent day.
Helping parents and home visitors collaborate to improve children’s language environments.
Developed over two years of piloting with the Providence Talks home-visitation program, LENA Home is an add-on for your existing parent coaching curriculum. Home visitors using LENA technology to measure language gain objective insights on home talk that can be used to inform and motivate parents and track progress toward increasing interaction. Productivity is increased through:
- Clear reports that provide insights on how much adults spoke, back and forth exchanges between parents and child, and tv and electronic sound throughout the day.
- Feedback designed to show progress over time.
- Scheduling and text reminders that simplify logistics and ease the burden on home visitors.
- Implementation support and one year of technical assistance.
- Two validated measures of child language behavior.
The audio recording is deleted after processing to ensure privacy.
LENA Home is ideal for coaching and home visitation programs that would like to supplement their curriculum with objective feedback from LENA technology. Partners who have added LENA Home to their programs include:
Reliable, detailed language environment data with convenient access and security.
LENA SP measures language to inform evaluation and treatment, to support parent coaching, and to track progress toward increasing interactive talk. Features include:
- Secure, cloud-based, 24/7 data access.
- Easy-to-use reports to measure parent/child talk, daily talk patterns, and growth over time, plus key measures of the child’s audio environment.
- Choice to retain or delete audio recording after processing, at user option.
- Optional access to time-marked details for analysis and targeted intervention based on specific aspects of a given day’s language data.
- Two validated measures of child language behavior.
LENA SP is ideal for speech and hearing professionals focused on addressing speech and language delays and hearing loss.
Funding through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and the Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC) has enabled collaboration between the University of Colorado-Boulder and the LENA to support pilot testing, refinement, and enhancement of LENA SP.
Our original software tool that started it all.
The LENA Pro software automatically analyzes and segments the audio data, providing four primary reports plus a composite report that can be viewed in monthly, daily, hourly, and five-minute time-frames. Export features and a sophisticated data mining tool allow you to customize analysis with ease, down to the millisecond.
For more detailed information, download the LENA Pro™ Brochure.
LENA Pro will best serve those who need to store data locally rather than in the cloud. It offers integrated support for transcription and more granular visualization of data.