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LENA Foundation Technology Measures Effectiveness of Autism Therapy
Date:2/23/2009

agnosed with autism. In this case study, half of the total adult speech in the child's environment on the therapy day occurred during the two hours of treatment clearly demonstrating the efficacy of the treatment regime.

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These case studies provide a glimpse of how the LENA System can be used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of autism therapy in clinical and home settings.

The LENA System offers the opportunity to:

  • Capture the natural language environment of the child in terms of adult word count, conversational turns, child vocalizations, and amount of TV exposure
  • Monitor the fidelity of treatment and measure progress with reports and graphs that are in-depth, intuitive, and easy to understand
  • Take advantage of the monitoring ability of LENA to fully understand the complexities of the child's audio environment
  • Use valuable feedback on parents' word counts and conversational turns to enhance treatment

For more information on the LENA System visit www.lenafoundation.org.

About LENA Foundation

LENA Foundation is dedicated to developing advanced technology for the early screening, diagnosis, research, and treatment of language delays and disorders in children, including autism. Philanthropists Terry and Judi Paul formed the not-for-profit organization through a gift of the LENA technology, cash and other assets valued at $32 million. A group of scientists and researchers developed the LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis) System in a five year research and development effort. LENA is the first device which can automatically and inexpensively measure the quality of a child's natural home language environment providing percentile scores for adult words, conversational turns, and child vocalizations and a
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