Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Lindsey Leacox


Bilingualism in children--Case studies; Speech disorders in children--Case studies; Language disorders in children--Case studies:


Improvements in technology are quickly enabling researchers to collect and analyze data in new, more efficient ways. One new technological device, the Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) device, allows researchers to collect up to 16 hours of recorded language environment data including child vocalizations, adult vocalizations, communication environments, and conversational turns to assess speech and language abilities and exposure. This study analyzed the LENA recording of a bilingual (Spanish-English) child with a speech and language delay in the fourth year of life. This recording enabled researchers to transcribe segments of the recorded sample to provide specific information regarding speech and language abilities in relation to previously administered speech and language assessments as well as analysis of a sample of exposure in the daily school environment. The research allows for interpretation of automated LENA analyses in feasibility and accuracy to be used for future studies of language environments for young bilingual language learners with speech and language delays.

Year of Submission



Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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