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During this webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of early communicative interactions and strate-gies for encouraging pre-linguistic communication. Early communication can often go unnoticed or be overshad-owed by family's expectations for their children to begin babbling and using words. It is important to take notice and value the precursors of language development. Evidence of communication can be noticed very early in a child’s life and these early interactions are vital to attachment, social emotional and language development in young chil-dren.
Corri Saunders received her Master of Education of the Deaf (M.E.D.) from Smith College and a Master of Special Education in Early Intervention (M.Ed.) from the University of Maine. She has worked as an auditory oral classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.
Meghan Kish holds a Masters in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and specializes in first lan-guage acquisition. This year, she joined the MECDHH team as an early intervention specialist and Teacher of the Deaf for children birth through age 5 and their families.
The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Develop-ment Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, teachers, the Deaf community and anyone else working with fami-lies or caregivers of a child with differing hearing levels.
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