March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   11:05 AM - 11:35 AM   |  Topical Session 1   |  Sunset   |  3 - Language Acquisition and Development

Two Languages, One Goal: Developing a Strong Language Foundation for Life Long Learning

Early access to language is critical for language and cognitive growth. When parents find out their baby has a hearing loss, they are provided a lot of information regarding early intervention services, technology, communication mode and educational programs. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the importance of a team approach to early intervention and the importance of early access to language, including American Sign Language, for a child’s development. The presenter will also discuss the current research about the bilingual brain and how children acquire language early in life. The presenter will explain and demonstrate via videos how to incorporate both English and ASL into a young student's early intervention and educational program.

  • Participants will be able to discuss the varying roles that sign language can play in a child’s life and how it may vary throughout their development.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the current research about the brain and how children acquire language.
  • Participants will be able to discuss several myths that surround the topic of bilingualism and how developing two languages impacts the education program for a young deaf learner.

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Nicole Salamy (Primary Presenter), The Learning Center for the Deaf, nicole_salamy@tlcdeaf.org;
Nicole Salamy graduated with a Master of Science degree from Boston University. She has been a speech-language pathologist at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA for 14 years. Currently, Nicole is also the Support Services Coordinator working with a team of clinicians including speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Nicole's experience includes working with a variety of children with hearing loss, some who have hearing aids and cochlear implants and others who do not. Her clinical work also includes working with children who have apraxia of speech, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. She has enjoyed presenting at a variety of conferences throughout the country.


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