Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
A rich language environment is key to provide children with the optimal opportunity to develop their receptive and expressive language skills. In order to ensure that children with identified needs receive this optimal opportunity, it is important to conduct research regarding their language input in multiple environments including in home and at school. This descriptive study investigated the benefit of strategies utilized in the school setting at a public university's Child Learning Center (CLC) and their impact on a more interactive language environment compared to their home setting. Overall, this study found that children's language environments can be highly variable and the LENA System can provide information regarding adult word count, conversational turns and child vocalizations; however, these variables alone can not determine the success of strategies utilized in the CLC.
Aragon, Miranda Alexa, "Exploring the Language Environment of Toddlers with Identified Needs and Their Typically Developing Peers in Home and at School" (2014). Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 25.