ASHA 2016


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.

This is called the Starling.


The child wears it and it counts words spoken directly to the child.
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!