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The Importance of Early Talk – by Colleen Haddad from LENA

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By Colleen Haddad

Back-and-forth conversations (called conversation "turns") are such simple things — just serve-and-return interactions between adults and children. But they're also very powerful.

Over the past decade, peer-reviewed research studies have linked conversational turns to improved socioemotional development, executive functioning, reading skill, and brain function. The greater the quantity of turns, the better the child outcomes. LENA is the nonprofit organization behind the “talk pedometer” technology that both powers these studies and helps parents and early childhood educators around the world boost their children’s language environments.

In this webinar, LENA advisor Colleen Haddad shares what they’ve learned about the importance of early talk, the disparities between home and center environments, and tips for developing concrete strategies that increase classroom interactions.


LENA is a national nonprofit on a mission to transform children’s futures through early talk technology and data-driven programs. Learn more at https://www.lena.org/


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  • Guest speaker
    Colleen Haddad Advisor, Child Care Strategy and Special Projects @ LENA

    Colleen Haddad has worked in the field of early care and education for over 25 years, dedicating her career to developing quality early learning environments. She earned a BA in child development and MA in early childhood education with a special education endorsement from FSU.

  • Team member
    Educa Moderator Educa

    Educa is a documentation and sharing platform using Learning Stories for authentic assessment. It serves early childhood educators primarily in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.


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