ASHA 2016

12/4/16

I know that I’m a little late in posting about ASHA.  (Has anyone seen my energy lately?  I seemed to have misplaced it about a year ago.)  Anyhow, I want to share an incredible find in the Exhibit Hall.

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This is called the Starling.

 

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The child wears it and it counts words spoken directly to the child.
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The word count is sent to the parent’s phone along with feedback and activity tips.

I think this is an exciting tool for Early Intervention Programs to help parents receive immediate feedback about their language input.  I love that it uses the parent’s phone since we are all checking our phones frequently.  I think of it as a Fitbit for words.

I think the Starling would be a great tool to train babysitters, childcare providers and preschool teachers on how to provide language stimulation to their charges.  Additionally, it would be useful in speech-language pathology and deaf education training programs to instruct the students in language development.

Please check out their website and let me know what you think!

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