Building Conversational Skills for Preschool Students
Audience: Preschool teachers and teachers of the deaf, early interventionists, pediatric speech-language pathologists, parents
As they build language and vocabulary, preschoolers also develop conversational skills. At this age, even outgoing children with hearing loss can struggle to socialize. Conversations can trail off after a turn, or may not get started at all.
Typically, children who are deaf or hard of hearing have inadequate opportunities to overhear and observe how others converse. They may not know the words to initiate play or to maintain a conversation with a friend. They don’t naturally know the cues to look for and give that will allow them to take turns.
There are so many skills we don’t think about while we’re having a conversation. This course, Building Conversational Skills for Preschool Students, outlines how conversational skills develop and how they can be improved in preschoolers. It presents specific developmental goals and ways to achieve them. Examples are presented using classroom video.
This course features Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD, a renowned expert on aural habilitation and conversational skill development, and Ellie White, MS, MAEd, CED, a CID preschool teacher and curriculum director, describing issues and successful strategies.
If you’re a teacher or SLP charged to move one or more students with hearing loss from structured grammar and vocabulary lessons to conversing with friends during play, this is the course for you.
Every member of the team will benefit from learning ways they can help foster conversational skills in a young child with hearing loss.
Participants will be able to:
Identify factors that contribute to conversational difficulties
Teach strategies for developing conversational skills in preschool students
Implement activities with preschool students to build conversational skills
Identify opportunities for students to practice conversational skills throughout the day
Collect and analyze data on student outcomes for developing conversational skills
Length: 30 minutes
Continuing Education Credits
This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
.5 LSLS CEUs, AG Bell Academy
Financial: At the time this course was produced, Ms. Manley was the Associate Coordinator of the Emerson Center for Professional Development at CID – Central Institute for the Deaf.
Non-financial: Ms. Manley is a co-author of the SPICE for Life auditory learning curriculum. CID holds the copyright to the SPICE for Life. Ms. Manley receives no royalties or financial benefit from its sale.
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