Talk With Me Baby

February 1, 2022


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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals. 


There is overwhelming evidence that early interactions between caregivers and young children are the basis for later language and literacy development. The program Talk with Me Baby trains nurses and other health care providers to coach parents in their reading and talking behaviors and encourages nurses to model this in their own interactions with children. Thus, Talk With Me Baby aims to improve early language environments for children to better promote future language and literacy skills. 

Educational Need

A study by Hart and Risley found that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds hear on average 600 words per hour, while children in middle-high income households heard 2000 words per hour. This results in children from lower socioeconomic households being exposed to one-third the amount of words as their peers from higher socioeconomic households. Quantity and quality of words children are exposed to then predict future academic success. Educating parents on the importance of talking with their children can help reduce this gap in language environments. (information from Zauchce et al. 2017). Further, because language development has a critical window of neuronal proliferation that begins to close around age three (Hoff, 2006), early prevention and enrichment is key to positive child outcomes in language development. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the importance of the quantity and quality of words in regards to future language and literacy development.
  2. Educate parents on talking with their baby.
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.50 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    02/01/2022 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    02/01/2022 - 1:30pm CST

    Constance C. Beecher, PhD
    Associate Professor, Family Literacy Extension State Specialist, Iowa State University


    • PhD in Special Education - Washington State University Graphic
    • Masters in Speech & Hearing - Washington University in St. Louis
    • BSED in Secondary Social Studies - University of Missouri-Columbia

    Alyssa Averhoff, DO'22
    Osteopathic Medical Student, Des Moines University

    Accreditation Statements

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit will be awarded.
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Constance Beecher, PhD - Activity Director and Speaker
    • Alyssa Averhoff - Activity Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
    • Amy Shriver, MD - Planning Committee Member

    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.50 IBON


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