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The Importance of Family Involvement

July 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Finding out your child is deaf or hard of hearing can be overwhelming and to some – devastating. It is not often that hearing parents have ever met a deaf person nor do they have information or resources to guide them with all possible options. All they know is what their doctor has shared with them or by word of mouth. As a starting point for some and continued guidance for others, this presentation is for families or educators and professionals of young deaf and hard of hearing children. The presenter will discuss research and the impact of family involvement on a deaf/hard of hearing child’s language acquisition skills. Details of how parents/caregivers and other family members can contribute to their deaf/hard of hearing child’s educational and social development will be shared along with a personal story, helpful tips and resources. The information shared in this presentation reflects heavily on a deaf or hard of hearing child’s literacy skills based on how involved families are in their communication and education. Often, families or educators do not realize the impact they can make on a deaf or hard of hearing child’s literacy by engaging in natural activities such as incidental learning, developing strong literacy skills, using print-rich environments, and using creative ways to increase vocabulary skills. Resources such as articles, websites, and online apps are shared for additional support. Teachers, Early Intervention providers, educational interpreters, administrators and other professionals are encouraged to attend this workshop.

Presenter: JoAnn Benfield
Intended Audience: Families, Educators, Early Intervention Professionals
Intended Strand: Early Intervention & Preschool
Credits and CEUs: 0.2 BEI general, 2 LSLS, 2 CPEs


July 13, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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