Interactive talk is a key factor in early brain development, and research has shown that the earliest years are the most critical.
The Department for Education has provided funding to pilot innovative Speech & Language Development projects in key localities, and Home-Start HOST is excited to be working with the LENA Research Foundation to deliver this in the Oldham area.
The project involves using feedback from a number of ‘wearable tech’ vests developed by LENA, which measure 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.
The project will involve working with families over a 12-week period, and is aimed at families with children aged 0-3 years.