Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST)

Support and Friendship For Families

Home-Talk Speech & Language Development Project

Interactive talk is a key factor in early brain development, and research has shown that the earliest years are the most critical.  Our Home-Talk Speech & Language Development Project, delivered in partnership with the LENA Research Foundation, is aimed at families with children aged 0-3 years and is structured over a 12-week period.

The project uses feedback from a ‘wearable tech’ vest developed by LENA, which measures the number of spoken words a child hears in a day.  The vest does not record conversations, but acts as a ‘word counter’ and can differentiate between adult and child speech, as well as between human and digital conversation.

Using the data collected when a child has been wearing the vest for 24hrs, trained staff and volunteers can help parents to improve talk and conversation with their children.  The results are stronger families and children more prepared to succeed in school.

Following a successful pilot project in Oldham, we are now delivering LENA support across Tameside, Oldham & Stockport.

We are looking for volunteers to deliver this project to families – you’ll visit a family weekly to discuss the previous weeks data.  This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in early years or speech & language.  Find out how to volunteer with the Home-Talk!

If you have a child under 3 and think you and you little one would benefit from taking part in the project, please do get in touch!  Just telephone us on 0161 344 0669 and ask for one of the Home-Talk team.

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