The new Talk It Up intervention improves language development in very young children

Takeaway

  • When used in early childhood, the Talk It Up intervention, which provides a combination of feedback, coaching, and parent-child models of interaction, is associated with a significant improvement in the Developmental Snapshot score and mean z scores for adult word count and parent-child conversational turns.

Why this matters

  • The Talk It Up intervention includes a smartphone app and coaching that promote parent-child interactions and could improve the linguistic environment of early childhood.