‘Word pedometer’ aims to improve language development for children in Southwest Colorado

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‘Word pedometer’ aims to improve language development for children in Southwest Colorado

LENA program pushes parents, caregivers to converse more with toddlers
Kanto McPherson plays with her sons Stone, 5, and Flint, 2, at their Cortez home Wednesday. Flint is wearing the word-tracking LENA vest, which helps adults monitor how many words they are using with children and how many conversational turns are occurring.
From left, Treehouse Early Learning Center teacher Shelby Caughey and the center’s director, Terra Sapp, exhibit a “superhero vest” worn by students as part of the LENA Grow program.
Treehouse Early Learning Center tracks improvements in conversation and conversational turns through the LENA program.

‘Word pedometer’ aims to improve language development for children in Southwest Colorado

Kanto McPherson plays with her sons Stone, 5, and Flint, 2, at their Cortez home Wednesday. Flint is wearing the word-tracking LENA vest, which helps adults monitor how many words they are using with children and how many conversational turns are occurring.
From left, Treehouse Early Learning Center teacher Shelby Caughey and the center’s director, Terra Sapp, exhibit a “superhero vest” worn by students as part of the LENA Grow program.
Treehouse Early Learning Center tracks improvements in conversation and conversational turns through the LENA program.
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