The LENA Clinical Research Lab is housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and is located on the first floor of Waldron Hall. Research is conducted in both the Radford University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic and in the community by Corey Herd Cassidy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and graduate student assistants who are either enrolled in clinical practicum, conducting research for earned fellowships or scholarships, and/or working on theses. The research conducted within this lab focuses on children between the ages of birth through five years who are receiving either clinical intervention or childcare within group service delivery environments. The Language Environment Analysis (LENA) System is used to assess and analyze the outcomes of the services provided.
The LENA System is the world’s first automatic language collection and analysis tool for speech language professionals and parents. The LENA digital language recorders and software provides data, including estimations of Adult Words, Conversational Turns, and Child Vocalizations, from within a child’s natural language environment. These components are all pertinent to the analysis of subjects within a group service delivery environment.