Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

Second Advisor

Amy Thrasher

Third Advisor

Susan Moore

Abstract

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.

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