Thirty Million Words: A Public Health Approach to Early Learning
Dr. Dana Suskind, MD. is Co-Director of the TMC Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at University of Chicago, and the Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of the Thirty Million Words. Dr. Suskind is also the author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other national media outlets.
As early as nine months of age, infants born into poverty score lower in cognitive development than their more affluent peers. This disparity triples by the age of two, and by their fourth birthday, these vulnerable children were found to have heard 30 million fewer words than others their age. This profound disparity in early language environments known as the achievement gap - has a cascade of consequences for cognitive development, school readiness, academic achievement, occupational status, and health and social well-being later in life. Dr. Suskind will share the observations that led her to create the Thirty Million Words (TMW), a translation research program that develops evidence-based interventions that enable parents, caregivers, practitioners, and researchers to impact foundational brain development and address early cognitive disparities particularly among children born into poverty. Dr. Suskind will discuss the science behind TMW, and will share excerpts of the curriculum and study results. Additionally, she will highlight the need for a public health approach to early learning and focus on some of the current TMW interventions that utilize existing social and health infrastructures to disseminate critical public health information. For more information on this Speaker please visit www.prshpeakers.com