Research to Practice - Exploring Early Words and Sentences

Experience Overview

In this journal club-model learning experience, learners will engage as a group and review research articles related to early language development in typically developing infants and identify how the information applies to  LSL  intervention,  professional practice, and home routines.  Learners will be guided through discussions and interactive learning to address some of the questions surrounding the linguistic,  cognitive, and social factors that impact early vocabulary and syntax development, as well as the influence of congenital hearing loss on this early development.  Following the guided discussions, learners will have the opportunity to develop action plans to improve their practice with young children.

This series will feature six sessions running from September 2018 to April 2019. While it’s beneficial to participate in all six learning experiences in this series, CEUs are issued on a per session basis.

We’re making it easy to learn! A new registration will open for each session. However, once you’ve registered you won’t need to register again for the other sessions.

If you are working with young children birth to 5, you won’t want to miss registering to attend the next live session on February 13th from 7:00-8:30 PM ET.  Pre-learning materials for each session are available upon registration for the course.

Dates for Live Sessions:

Session #

Registration Opens & 
Pre-Learning Content Available

Live Session Date


August 15

September 12


September 13

October 10


October 17

November 14


January 29

February 13


February 22

March 13


April 9

May 15

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Experience Details


Live sessions are held monthly, on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm ET. The next live session is Wednesday, March 13.

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 1.5 CEUs per live session attended from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Uma Soman Ph.D., LSLS Cert AVEd

Teacher of the deaf, Mentor to pre-service and in-service professionals

Learning Structure

For each of our online Learning Experiences, learners gather in a private group space to access the course content. Courses include resources, such as videos, articles, handouts, and quizzes, to help learners comprehend, apply, practice, and reflect on the content of each session. Courses with live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom, with the course facilitator.

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Learning Objectives

Learners  will  be  able  to:

  • Review and discuss research related to early language development in typically  developing monolingual and bilingual infants.
  • Analyze the impact of congenital hearing loss on early language development.
  • Identify practitioner and family behaviors that can be developed or modified to facilitate early language acquisition.

CEUs and Participating

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register for this course or CEU credits, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution. Learn More


AG Bell

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Hearing First is approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

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