Parent-EMBRACE: An Adaptive Dialogic Reading Intervention

Arun Balajiee Lekshmi Narayanan, Ju Eun Lim, Tri Nguyen, Ligia E. Gomez, M. Adelaida Restrepo, Chris Blais, Arthur Glenberg, Erin Walker

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Dialogic reading is a practice where adults and children engage in a dialogue as they read together to improve children’s language strategies and comprehension. These dialogues are often initiated by parent questioning behaviors, but parents do not always engage in this behavior spontaneously. In this paper, we describe an adaptive intervention for dialogic reading, Parent-EMBRACE, built into an iPad application that uses an embodied cognition approach and is designed specifically for Latino dual language learners in the US. The intervention: 1) Models parent question asking, 2) Provides parents with on-demand hints on questions that can be asked at particular moments during the story, 3) Prompts parents to ask questions at appropriate times, 4) Includes a dashboard that presents parents with data on their question-asking behaviors, 5) Provides all support in both English and Spanish. We discuss the implications of this intervention as an intelligent tutoring system for parent-child interactions, plans to extend and evaluate the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education - 22nd International Conference, AIED 2021, Proceedings
EditorsIdo Roll, Danielle McNamara, Sergey Sosnovsky, Rose Luckin, Vania Dimitrova
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783030782696
StatePublished - 2021
Event22nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 14 2021Jun 18 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12749 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference22nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Dialogic reading
  • Embodied cognition
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Parent-child interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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