Earlier this year, Chicago-based ENT surgeon Dana Suskind, was mentioned on this site for her Thirty Million Words project. Working with children who have cochlear implants raised her interest into how spoken language builds when family conversations are facilitated – in babies and children with/out hearing issues.
Suskind’s research began as Project Aspire, a post-surgery programme for families with children new to cochlear implants. Its success led to the project being adapted to families from lower socio-economic backgrounds, whose children’s spoken language skills tended to lag their peers by kindergarten stage.
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