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Webinar Archive IV

Recorded May 24, 2016

Program Description:

"Earliest Interactions ; Precursors to Communication"

Description:

During this webinar, participants were provided with an overview of early communicative interactions and strategies for encouraging pre-linguistic communication. Early communication can often go unnoticed or be overshadowed by family's expectations for their children to begin babbling and using words. It is important to take notice and value the precursors of language development. Evidence of communication can be noticed very early in a child's life and these early interactions are vital to attachment, social emotional and language development in young children.
Participants will be able to:
  • Recognize a series of pre-linguistic communication attempts
  • Describe strategies for encouraging early communication techniques for first language acquisition
  • Explain why these precursors of language are so vital to attachment and social emotional development.

About the Presenters:

Corri Saunders received her Master of Education of the Deaf (M.E.D.) from Smith College and a Master of Special Education in Early Intervention (M.Ed.) from the University of Maine. She has worked as an auditory oral classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.

Meghan Kish holds a Masters in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and specializes in first language acquisition. This year, she joined the MECDHH team as an early intervention specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.

Who should attend:
The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Development Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, teachers, the Deaf community and anyone else working with families or caregivers of a child with differing hearing levels.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Note: Audio technical difficulties were experienced during this webinar. Thank you for watching!

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded April 12, 2016

Program Description:

"Implementing an Effective Bilinggual Bimodal Early Childhood Program for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children"

Description:

Participants learned about Bilingual Bimodal inclusive early childhood programming for children who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing. Strategies for implementing evidenced based practices in early childhood education, the development of ASL, Spoken Language, and family centered programming. The presenters will shared ways to support children in the exploration of communication opportunities while honoring family and child choice. Aspects of our unique Deaf/hearing team will be shared.

Participants will be able to:

1. Explain the benefits of bilingual bimodal programming for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing

2. Explain the benefits of child choice in an effective bilingual bimodal early childhood program.

3. Identify appropriate assessment practices in a bilingual bimodal early childhood program

About the Presenters:

Catherine J. Lushman received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. She started her career as a drama teacher working at the Texas School for the Deaf, in Austin, Texas. She has taught preschool through third grade at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 1996. She currently resides in Maine with her husband Rob, and their daughter Norah Jane. She can be contacted at catherine.lushman@mecdhh.org.

Kimberly Matthews, M.A. is currently the Preschool Coordinator for the Mackworth Island Preschool at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine, and an M.A. in Special Education and Rehabilitation/Deaf Education from the   University of Arizona. Kimberly has been in the field of education for 13 years and in the field of Deaf     Education for 10 of those years. Kimberly can be contacted at kim.matthews@mecdhh.org.

Who should attend:

The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Development Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, teachers, the Deaf community and anyone else working with families or caregivers of a child with differing hearing levels.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

* Note: Audio technical difficulties were experienced during this webinar. Thank you for watching!

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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