A child’s early speech and language evolves within the context of everyday opportunity and experience. With increasing numbers of young cochlear implant (CI) and hearing-aid (HA) users growing up in family environs where multiple languages are spoken – i.e., a home language(s) and the language of the majority culture – it is vital that habilitation programs adopt strategies to support these young children to develop bilingual language confidence and skills.
This series of webinar presentations will unpack emerging knowledge about the neuroscience of dual-language acquisition in early childhood, and consider the influence that habilitation and therapy support for bi/multi-lingual language skills may have on a young child with CIs/HAs future education and social development.
Professionals undertaking this webinar series will:
- Consider emerging research on the neuroscience of dual-language acquisition in early childhood, including:
(a) when can – does – bilingualism occur, and
(b) what conditions influence bilingual outcomes
- Review theories of bilingualism that help explain the benefits and limitations linked to dual-language learning
- Explore strategies and tools which enable authentic assessment of early-age bilingual ability and progress
- Draw together assessment data to form an on-growing picture of the deaf/HH child’s bilingual spoken language development.
This course has been approved by AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer LSLS 3.8 hours of CEU's.
Dr Robyn Cantle Moore
Robyn Cantle Moore has over 20 years experience as an educator in the fields of hearing impairment and sensory disability with appointments including: Conjoint Lecturer (University of Newcastle), Research Fellow (RIDBC Renwick Centre), Senior Teacher of the Deaf / Consultant, RIDBC Early Learning Program and Specialist consultant, RIDBC Assessment and Resource Team. As a full-time academic her present responsibilities include course lecturing and research in the areas of language development, and family-centred collaborative approaches to early childhood intervention for sensory disability (HI and VI).
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