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Language Development and Assessment - Winter 2021

Experience Overview

This course will focus on young children’s acquisition of spoken language. Because barrier-free language learning is the CURE, this course focuses on the four characteristics of: Complexity, Universality, Rapid learnability, and Evidence-based practice. Some questions to be addressed include: What are those myriad factors linked to language learning outcomes? Why do cultural differences present as important considerations for language learning? Why is functional vocabulary critical for effective meaningful language? Why is data driven decision making essential for rapid language learning?

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Experience Details

Dates

Live sessions are held on Tuesdays January 12, 19, 26 & February 2 from 8-9:30 PM ET.

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 10 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 1.0 CEU from the American Academy of Audiology.

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Ellen A. Rhoades EdS, LSLS Cert AVT (Ph.D. candidate/1979)

International consultant-mentor, she has served practitioners and families across all continents for 50+ years. In 1977, she founded a non-profit auditory-verbal (AV) center in Atlanta, serving as its executive director for 17 years. She secured, developed, and directed a 3-year federal grant providing exemplary EI AV services for families across GA. She established an AV program in Tampa FL, was its executive director for 5 years, and served as professional advisor to other AV centers. In addition to serving as peer reviewer for professional journals, she authored more than 75 articles and book chapters for colleagues. Her co-authored/co-edited books include: “Auditory-Verbal Practice: Family-Centered Intervention” (first/second editions), “Aural (Re)habilitation for Adolescents with Hearing Loss” and “Auditory-Verbal Therapy” Areas of interest include psychosocial aspects of hearing loss, family counseling, infancy, cross-modal learning, assessment of communication skills, cultural competencies, and the promotion of optimal listening, auditory memory, spoken language, and cognitive skills.

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.

Registration will open on Dec. 15, 2020

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Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • list at least a dozen factors known to be barriers for the development of spoken language.
  • specify at least three critical factors occurring during infancy that are widely considered requisite precursors for optimal growth in spoken language.
  • explore strategies and their inherent skills that support the development of spoken language in diverse settings.
  • develop an outline for a specific function word that you will target in an intervention activity.
  • identify examples of nonjudgmentally written clinical reports that fit within a family-centered functional assessment protocol.

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

10

AG Bell

1.0

AAA

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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 10 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®.

Logo: American Academy of Audiology - Continuing Education in Audiology

Hearing First is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.0 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 American Academy of Audiology.

How to Earn CEUs

Each session of this learning experience includes pre-learning content and discussion prompts that should be reviewed before each live interaction session. 

Learners can earn 10 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 1.0 CEUs for 10 CEU hours from the American Academy of Audiology for this course. No partial CEUs will be awarded.   

The requirements for earning CEUs are as follows: 

  • Each session has assignments customized for the content, objectives, and are designed to take approximately one hour. On the course homepage, overall requirement progress is tracked. On the session page, additional requirement details are available and tracked. Detailed pre-learning instructions can be found at the top of the lesson page.
  • Some assignments may include watching a video*. There may be several videos in the pre-learning lessons. You may stop and start the videos as often as you wish. 
  • At the end of a video or lesson, you may be prompted to complete a quizAfter the results are revealed, marking “Done” will prompt a message letting you know it was received.
  • Some assignments may include completing a form and uploading it into the course. There will be specific instructions for uploading documents.
  • Share with other learners in the discussion forum
  • Attend the full live session each week. The day of the live session you will receive an email with the link or return to the course homepage to access the link. You are encouraged to log in at least 20 minutes early for troubleshooting technology and connectivity prior to the start of the session.
  • Complete the Feedback Survey within 2 weeks. The link is emailed the day after the final live session, or return to the course homepage to access the link.
  • After completing the Feedback Survey you will receive an email with a link to download a customized CEU certificate, or return to the course homepage to access the link.

*To ensure that your CEU progress is tracking properly, we suggest enabling your browser's popups. Note that your progress won’t show immediately, as the system may take up to 24 hours to refresh.

Looking forward to seeing you online!

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Disclosure: Ellen A. Rhoades, Ed. S., receives token financial remuneration from Hearing First for providing this course. She is a certified LSL specialist in AVT as awarded by the A.G. Bell Academy. 

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