Chicago-based ENT surgeon, Dana Suskind, who oversees pediatric cochlear implants, is researching a thirty-million-word gap she sees among implanted children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. By age 3, these children hear 30 million fewer words than peers from more affluent backgrounds.
With babies known to hear in the womb before birth, Suskind has a point.
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Suskind created a Language Environment Analysis (LENA) device to record up to 16 hours of the daily words spoken to a child, sounds made by the child, verbal interaction and a number of other sounds, such as television.
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Notes Suskind, “All parents should be allowed to know the power they have [to teach speech]. If we can change how parents view their language and the power they have to impact their kids’ trajectories, it will be amazing.”
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