Title: 'Using LENA to Support Parent-Child Interactions with Spanish-speaking Families'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): LENA, Spanish, language acquisition,
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain how to use LENA to support intervention objectives
  2. Describe the differences in the child language environment across the variables measured by LENA in English and Spanish-speaking homes


Research from a study using LENA will be shared specific to the language environment of deaf and hard of hearing children from Spanish-speaking families and how it compares to the language environment of Spanish-speaking children who are hearing, as well as how it compares to the language environment of deaf and hard of hearing children from English-speaking homes. Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) is a tool that can be used by intervention and early education programs to measure and analyze the language environment of the home, thus positively impacting child language acquisition through providing feedback and supporting parent-child interaction. Variables impacting language acquisition and parent-child interactions will be explored. This presentation wil explore how to use this technology to positively impact child language outcomes through improved parent-child interactions. Insights from this research and its implications for intervention services can also be utilized by programs not currently using LENA.
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Christine Yoshinaga-Itano - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Colorado-Boulder
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A, CED
     Other Affiliations: Marion Downs Center, Institute of Cognitive Science
      Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, faculty of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Marion Downs Center. In 1996 she developed the Marion Downs National Center. Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries currently developing their early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa.

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Dinah Beams - POC,Co-Presenter
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
     Credentials: M.A.
     Other Affiliations: Colorado Home Intervention Program
      Dinah Beams is the program coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), a statewide, in-home, family-centered early intervention program for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing that is part of the Outreach Department of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). Previous experience includes working as an Outreach Specialist at Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in North Carolina and as both a classroom and itinerant teacher in Colorado. Dinah is the author of the CHIP Parent Manual and the Curriculum for Sign Language Instructors, and co-developer of materials for the Integrated Reading Project, part of CSDB’s Early Literacy Development Initiative for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dinah also serves on the board for Colorado Families for Hands and Voices.

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