Title: 'Language Acquisition Tips For Busy Parents'
Track: 6-Family Issues
Keyword(s): language acquisition, parenting, ASL
Learning Objectives: -effectively stimulate their children's language acquisition using a variety of methods - have access to resources available to enhance language acquisition


The first five to seven years in a child’s life is the optimum period for language acquisition and development. Parents/care providers are the best suited to promote and guide their children’s acquisition of language, being the ones that their children interact with the most. However, parents and caregivers often have their plate full, balancing responsibilities such as work, child care and other duties. They are often hard pressed to find time to ensure that their deaf or hard of hearing children is acquiring language at an age-appropriate rate. This workshop will provide simple and demonstrative ways for parents and caregivers to stimulate their child’s language acquisition. Parents and caregivers will learn how to apply these methods at various times, such as during mealtimes and going out to the grocery store. Resources and tips are gathered from actual parents of deaf children, along with research-based information on incorporating language development in your child’s life on a regular basis. The presenter will also show how parents and caregivers can establish communication plans for relatives. Parents and caregivers will enjoy this visual presentation with information they can use right away.
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Debra Patkin - National Association of the Deaf
     Credentials: NAD Staff Attorney
      Debra Patkin is a staff attorney with the NAD. Her job duties include litigating civil-rights cases, handling consumer inquiries regarding legal issues, and outreach/education. Prior to joining the NAD, she worked as a litigation attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, California. Debra received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She also has a M.A. in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a B.S. in Psychology from R.I.T.
Howard Rosenblum - National Association for the Deaf
     Credentials: special education attorney and CEO of the National Association for the Deaf
      Howard A. Rosenblum started as the Chief Executive Officer of the NAD in April 2011 and also serves as an ex officio member of the NAD Board of Directors. He comes to the NAD after 19 years as a lawyer, focusing his practice on disability rights and special education law. For the past nine years, he was a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, and previously worked ten years as an associate at a private law firm. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Rosenblum to serve on the United States Access Board. Mr. Rosenblum has a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Arizona and a juris doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Tawny Holmes - National Association of the Deaf
     Credentials: M.A. in Family Centered Early Education, J.D. and Esq. J.D. Certification in Early Intervention Leadership
      Tawny Holmes is the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to her law degree, she has a Master of Arts in Family Centered Early Education. Ms. Holmes has worked three years teaching deaf and hard of hearing students. She is also a godmother of four deaf children.