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 expanding the delivery of Home-Talk across Tameside, Oldham, Stockport & Greater Manchester.
The current phase of the project is being evaluated by Newcastle University, and will follow a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) design whereby referred families will be randomly allocated into an ‘intervention group’ or ‘control group’. Families in the intervention group will receive the full Home-Talk programme, whereas families in the control group will not receive the Home-Talk programme initially, but will be offered a condensed version of the programme after the evaluation of the project ends.
We are looking for volunteers to deliver this project to families – you’ll visit a family weekly to discuss the previous weeks data and in some cases to deliver ‘Language Enrichment Sessions’ to support and model language interaction. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in early years or speech & language development.
Referring to Home-Talk
Families can be referred to Home-Talk following a Red or Amber WellComm Assessment score.
Download our Home-Talk Referral Form and send it to
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or…
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