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AAA 2018: Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology: Thirty Million Words—A Public Health Approach to Early Childhood Education (0.2 CEUs)

Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology: Thirty Million Words—A Public Health Approach to Early Childhood Education (0.2 CEUs)   

 Recorded: April 20, 2018

Presenter: Dana Suskind, MD 

CEUs: 0.20

Duration: 2 hours

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Describe what the 30 Million Word Gap is.
  2. Define the 3Ts: Tune in, Talk More, Take Turns.
  3. Explain the importance of parent and caregiver engagement for children’s cognitive and language development.



Dr. Dana Suskind will discuss the Thirty Million Words (TMW) Initiative, which aims to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to develop their children’s intellectual and educational potential. Deployed through a web-based platform, TMW’s evidence-based interventions translate emerging brain science into strategies parents and caregivers can use in everyday settings. She will present preliminary findings from the interventions across different SES levels and the feedback cycles and behavioral nudges used to support adult behavior change.

Sponsored in part by Oticon. 

Philanthropic support provided by the American Academy of Audiology Foundation.



Dana Suskind, MD

Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics; Director of Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program; Director of TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health
University of Chicago

Dr. Dana Suskind is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program, and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child's brain development and, therefore, his or her ability to learn. An evidence-based intervention, Thirty Million Words is supported by a broad coalition of public and private partnerships and is an extension of Dr. Suskind's Project ASPIRE, which she created to assure that her patients from disadvantaged backgrounds reached their full listening and spoken language potentials. Dr. Suskind's ultimate goal, and that of her dedicated team, is to help all children reach their full potentials and to close the ever-widening achievement gap.


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