Robot Vests & Baby Babble
Children in Oklahoma City and Stillwater are happily donning their robot vests, as some teachers have called them, with the kick-off of LENA at both Special Care and UCAP. LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis) is a system that measures interactive talk and provides teachers with helpful feedback. Children wear comfortable cotton vests with a recorder inside that tracks how many verbal interactions they have as well as how much a child is talking themselves.
And right from the start, teachers are happy with the results they’re seeing.
“Seeing the results of LENA has given me confirmation as a teacher on what I’m doing right and some peace of mind when it comes to several of our kids who aren’t really verbal. Realizing that even the baby babble matters, it was a huge eye-opener,” Gardenia Celaya, Special Care.