Evaluation of a LENA-Based Online Intervention for Parents of Young Children

Jill Gilkerson (Lead / Corresponding author), Jeffrey A. Richards, Keith Topping

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This research investigated the efficacy of a pilot version of an online parent intervention that combined LENA-based automated language environment feedback technology with internet capabilities. Seventy-two parents of typically developing children 9-21 months of age were assigned to immediate- or delayed-treatment (control) conditions. During the treatment phase, parents completed 10 recordings over a 3-month period while engaging in a web-based program supporting interpretation of LENA feedback reports and strategies for increasing talk and interaction. Parents completed additional recordings and language assessments over a 9-month follow up phase. Aggregate analyses found no differences in language behaviors between immediate-treatment vs. delayed-treatment groups. However, parents who started from below average ratings on automated language measures demonstrated significant post-intervention increases which held longitudinally. Importantly, participant children showed significant elevations in language ability. Results suggest that an online intervention approach can help some parents increase talk and interaction in the home. Implications for research and clinical practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-298
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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