Webinars (4)

Introduction to LENA SP

Recorded: Mar 15, 2019

Learn more about LENA SP, a tool for researchers, clinicians, language professionals, and others who need detailed, scientifically reliable speech-language measurements of children 2 months to 48 months old.

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The Power of Conversational Turns

Recorded: Oct 25, 2018

Three studies published in 2018 show the relationship between conversational turns and brain development. Join us for a discussion with the lead researchers, Drs. Jill Gilkerson and Rachel Romeo, moderated by Shannon Rudisill of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative.

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Beyond the 30 Million Word Gap: A Conversation with Dr. Rachel Romeo

Recorded: Mar 29, 2018

Join LENA’s president and chief operating officer, Dr. Steve Hannon, as he hosts a conversation with Dr. Rachel Romeo, lead author on a study from Harvard and MIT that sheds light on the underlying neural mechanism that makes conversational turns so critical for brain development.

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Blog Posts (24)

Articles (28)

What went missing when Vice President Biden talked about the ‘word gap,’ record players and poor children

Nicole GuadianoOct 3, 2019

The former vice president correctly referred to recent research about poor children hearing 4 million fewer words, on average, than those in wealthier families, said Jill Gilkerson, the lead author of a 2017 study that the Biden campaign says he was citing. But she adds that there’s way more to the story when it comes to increasing a child’s verbal ability and IQ through early language.

Measuring the tides of talk

Katrina d’ApiceJun 3, 2019

Using LENA technology, researchers have discovered new insights into children’s home language environments.

Speak to Me, Baby

Armin BrottMay 14, 2019

Advice columnist Mr. Dad shares tips to help your child develop verbal skills.

Study aims to prevent children’s speech and language disorders before they start

Kelly KrauseMay 14, 2019

Speech and language researchers at Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions, together with collaborators at Washington State University, have received a National Institutes of Health grant of almost $1 million to use LENA technology in a study that will try to prevent speech and language problems before they happen.

Baby talk linked to later adolescent IQ

Kim DoleattoJan 4, 2019

The findings of a recent long-term study by LENA researchers confirms two-way interaction between adults and infants correlates with increased IQ, verbal comprehension, vocabulary and other language skills 10 years later.

Talking with babies helps them bridge word gap

Lauran NeergaardFeb 17, 2017

As talk is found to be increasingly important to the development of childhood linguistic and cognitive development, more communities are using programs like LENA to improve communication behaviors in families.