A Contemporary Model of Language Acquisition


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A contemporary model of language acquisition: An opportunity for SLPs and non-SLPs to enhance their interactions with children with communication challenges

Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP and Michele Ricamato, MA, CCC-SLP

6 sessions | 1.5 hours per session | Mondays
Scheduled Dates: 11/7; 11/21; 12/12; 1/16; 1/30; 2/20
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm eastern time
Online via Zoom

Contemporary thinking about the acquisition of language will be reviewed as participants learn how to use developmental information to generate goals and strategies for children at various stages of language and communication development. Based on an assessment paradigm developed by the instructors (DOLLI – Developmental Observations Of Language – Links to Intervention, Gerber & Ricamato, 2019), the participants will learn what and how to analyze a child’s natural interactions to determine developmental stages of engagement, intentionality, shared ideas/meanings, comprehension, and production. This developmental paradigm will serve as the framework for identifying where a child’s challenges in language and communication may be and what goals should be prioritized. The information presented is intended for SLPs and non-SLPs! In reference to the non-SLPs, the importance of providing attuned and contingent language during all therapeutic interactions will be illustrated. SLPS will learn not only how to determine their own goals and strategies, but also how to guide non-SLPS in their interactions with children with challenges in language. The overarching message of this course is that since all therapeutic/educational interactions involve communication and language, all professionals working with children with challenges in these areas can enhance their work and more successfully accomplish their goals with informed thinking about how language develops, what is impacted when this development is derailed, and how adults can modify their language to facilitate therapeutic interactions.

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