Visiting researcher from Taiwan will study LENA

Visiting researcher from Taiwan will study LENA

Chu Sui Lin, a professor in special education at Chung-Yan Christian University in Taiwan, is visiting LSI this semester to work with Steve Warren, professor of speech-language-hearing.  She will study the LENA™ system (Language Environment Analysis), which uses a digital device to collect and analyze children’s speech and their interactions with others.

Lin’s research in Taiwan focuses on early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “In my country we don’t have the LENA device and we really need it,” she said. “Most of our assessment is semi-structured. We need good assessments for early detection for children with ASD, especially a more naturalistic assessment tool. With LENA, parents can record their children’s vocalization at home up to 16 hours a day.”

Lin said she also hopes to tap into Warren’s expertise to help her with a maternal responsivity curriculum she and her colleagues have developed.

Lin earned a master’s degree in special education at KU and a Ph.D. in special education at Ohio State. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Emory University.