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Temple: Researcher Receives Grant to Expand Parent-implemented Early Language Intervention

Dr. Rebecca Alper, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Temple University College of Public Health, was awarded a three-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to expand on a pilot project focused on parent-implemented early language intervention for children in low socioeconomic status households.

The intervention, called Duet 2.0, builds on a project previously developed by Dr. Alper in conjunction with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor of psychology and Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. That project used training modules with animated and real-life examples of high quality and early interactions that could help children who face adverse learning environments, communication disorders, or a combination of the two.

The first phase of Duet 2.0 will involve translating those materials into Spanish. Duet 2.0 aims to increase accessibility by providing the materials directly to families, as opposed to delivering the intervention in a home visit setting, as researchers did in the pilot project. The training modules were developed in close collaboration with community partners.

Read more about the College of Public Health project.