2018: The Year of the Conversational Turn


Co-Sponsored with LENA.

Three studies published this year have validated the relationship between conversational turns and brain development, reaching similar conclusions in very different ways. This webinar featured discussion with the lead researchers on the studies, Drs. Jill Gilkerson and Rachel Romeo, moderated by Shannon Rudisill of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. Attendess boosted their understanding of this critical research and learned more about how to put it into practice to support parents, caregivers, and teachers. 

About Dr. Gilkerson’s longitudinal research

This decade-long study followed the cognitive and linguistic development of children in connection with the language they experienced during the first years of life. The findings of this research support our long-standing belief that “serve and return” interactions are vital to children’s development and have lasting positive effects in the long term.

About Dr. Romeo’s research on brain structure and function

Neuroscience researcher Rachel Romeo used LENA technology and brain scans to show a relationship between conversational turns and brain activity and structure in four- to six-year-olds. Her studies correlate conversational turns with activation in Broca’s area of the brain, and white matter connectivity between Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, known language centers.


Use the links below to access the webinar recordings and slides: