Caregiver Interventions to Enrich Early Language Environments for Children in Poverty

Dr. Dana Suskind, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital

Dr. Suskind and her colleague, Kristin Leffel, discussed the development of the Thirty Million Words Project. This parent-directed behavioral intervention was designed to address disparities in the early language environments of low-income children. The project involved typically developing children below the age of three and combined an educational curriculum of video and animation with a "quantitative linguistic feedback" strategy utilizing LENA technology. The presenters also presented early results from families on Chicago's South Side involved in the Thirty Million Words Project.

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