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Can a Bit of Technology Called LENA Help Young Brains Develop Language?

“There’s a new student at Bright Beginnings, a preschool in Southeast Washington. She’s called LENA, and while she doesn’t say much, she’s very attentive.

“LENA isn’t a person. It’s a machine, a little gadget smaller than a cellphone that students wear in a pouch in a smock.

“‘What the LENA device does is capture audio fields for language interaction in that child’s environment,” said Anthony Sims, director of organizational learning at Bright Beginnings, a school that serves families experiencing homelessness. The charity is a partner in The Washington Post Helping Hand fundraising campaign.” Read more.