Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: Are there other Red Flags in language development?
Rene Hackney: There are other Red Flags with early language development particularly, with articulation. We expect children by about two years old to be 50% understood by strangers, meaning, when you take a two year old to the grocery store and they say a few sentences to checkout lady, at least half the time she should understand what it is that child is saying.
By three years old, we expect articulation to be understood about 75% of the time by strangers and more often then now strangers would understand what they are saying. Most speech language spokes so, won t start seeing children for articulation difficulties until at least two and a half to three years old. If you go earlier you are getting a baseline and getting some good homework likely. But, there are so many of those sounds that are developmental in nature, that don t tend to firm up until later years.