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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Using SEE in Early Intervention'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): early intervention, language, Signing Exact English, listening, communication
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify five building blocks for child development that are critical for building a child's sense of acceptance, belonging, emotional well-being, sociability, language and academic skills,
  2. Describe three strategies to start early for making language accessible to infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing,
  3. Describe strategies that combine spoken language and signs to provide infants and toddlers with rich opportunities for developing language and listening skills

Abstract:

A goal of early intervention is to increase the breadth and depth of child participation in every day family, community and early childhood activities (Dunst, 2006). Family Conversations, Early Intervention Program for Families with Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, is an early intervention program based on five essential building blocks for child development: 1) inclusion in family conversations where ideas, thoughts, feelings, memories etc. are shared and discussed; 2) family who reads daily with their child from a very early age; 3) a group of peers available to learn important social skills of sharing, turn taking, fair play, group cooperation, rules and communication; 4) relaxed and enjoyable parent-child interactions using accessible communication in a natural way which includes introducing, commenting and expanding on joint topics, and 5) family who develops, maintains, and consistently uses accessible communication at a somewhat higher level than the child to promote a higher language level in the child. Family Conversations uses a Combined Communication approach, including SEEII and the family's native spoken and/or signed language to support families in developing rich and strong communication systems. This approach will be described in some detail with a focus on how to create an environment that both is accessible and provides ample opportunity for infants and toddlers to experience and interact with language. Both visual and auditory access tools and strategies are explored. The importance of using infant-directed language to make language developmentally accessible will be discussed followed by later language building strategies that incorporate both spoken language and sign strategies.
Presentation: 1349JillBargones.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1349JillBargones.pdf
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Jill Bargones - Primary Presenter
Family Conversations, Seattle Children's Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A
      Jill Bargones, Ph.D., CCC-A, is the program coordinator of Family Conversations Early Intervention Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and their Families, at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. Jill has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families for over 30 years in a variety of settings and with a variety of modalities. She has a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Washington.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Amy McCall - Co-Presenter
Family Conversations, Seattle Children's Hospital
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-A
      Amy McCall, M.S.CCC-A is a Communication Specialist for Family Conversations in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Audiology and has worked as an early interventionist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in the greater Seattle area for the past 25 years. Amy also has her own private practice, Listen and Learn, where she provides aural habilitation and deaf education support to school aged students.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Susan Norton - Co-Presenter
Family Conversations, Seattle Childrens Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A
      Susan Norton, PhD CCC-A is the Chief of Audiology Programs and Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She is also a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She works with the Washington Department of Health EHDDI program to ensure timely and quality newborn hearing screening of all newborns, diagnostic follow-up for those infants who refer and enrollment in early intervention for infants with hearing loss. She has conducted research and practiced pediatric audiology for many years.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -