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Creative Home Academy FDH, Department of Human Services, One By One Ministries, Porter-Leath Early Head Start, Red Door Urban Missions, The Excel Center, Universal Parenting Place at Knowledge Quest.
Language Environment Analysis
Through language-enhanced parent education, we hope to enhance the knowledge you already have of child development particularly in language and social-emotional development through LENA Research coupled with Nurturing Parenting and Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness group sessions. Parent/caregiver groups are conducted once per week at a community location near you. This is a program that helps parents/caregivers understand the importance of talking with their children, early brain development, and literacy for early care through back and forth conversational turns. Participants are provided childcare, refreshments, 10 books for the child, and a weekly gift card for participating.
Why is talking with children so important?
More than 20 years of research show a relationship between the amount of language children experience and their brain development. Recent brain imaging studies indicate that conversational turns in particular — back and forth alternations between a child and an adult — have unique brain building power. During the first three years of a child's life, these back and forth conversations are a significant factor driving brain growth and school readiness.
Why does LENA focus specifically on early talk, rather than other factors that may affect children's development?
When adults engage in high-quality "serve and return" interactions with children, they build a healthy foundation of brain architecture and neural connections that will last a lifetime. LENA Start is designed to help caregivers boost interactive talk with children in anticipation of many cascading benefits for the childlike better social-emotional health and school readiness — that will lay the groundwork for future success.
Is there variability in how much different families talk with children?
Yes. Studies that used LENA technology to understand the home language environment
significant differences in how much families talk with their children. Even in the same household,
talk levels vary significantly during the course of the day and from week to week. That's where LENA
comes in — our language-measurement technology is an objective tool to help parents understand,
measure, and increase conversations with children.
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LENA Start classes are now enrolling, call 901.678.3589 to register.
Saturdays, June 26 - September 18 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Excludes Saturday, July 3
LENA Start - Pha'Meshia Calico, Coordinator
LENA Start is a program for parents that uses regular feedback from LENA's "talk pedometer" technology to help increase interactive talk to close the early talk gap, improve school readiness, and build stronger families. Over the course of 10 weekly sessions, parents and caregivers learn about the importance of interactive talk along with ways to incorporate more conversation into their daily routines. The program combines the use of LENA technology to measure the home language environment with parent group meetings that teach simple techniques to improve the quantity and quality of adult-child talk.
Look for LENA Grow at the following locations 2021!
- ABC Childcare Center
- Around the Clock Learning Center
- Creative Home Academy
- University of Little Scholars
Please click here to learn more about LENA Grow teacher certification.
LENA Grow - Ashley Foster, Coordinator
LENA Grow is a professional development program for early childhood educators in family
day homes or child care programs that uses regular feedback from LENA technology to
improve the talk environment in the classroom. Educators meet with a coach one-on-one
or in group sessions, weekly or every other week, with the flexibility to fit their
schedules. The coaching sessions provide time to review the data on the interactive
talk environment in each classroom and use the data to set goals to talk more.
LENA Home- Alexzander Price, Coordinator
LENA Home is ideal for coaching and home visitation programs that would like to supplement their curriculum with objective feedback from LENA technology. 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 quality interactions. Productivity is increased through clear reports that provide insights on how much adults spoke to their child, back and forth exchanges between parents and child, and TV and electronic sound throughout the day. The feedback is designed to show progress over time. You can also receive scheduling and text reminders that simplify logistics and ease the burden on home visitors, implementation support, one year of technical assistance, and two validated measures of child language behavior. LENA Home is best suited for families with a young child that has an IFSP or suspected disability.
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