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Up and Away: Building Child Language, Social Interactions, and Preliteracy Skills in Early Childhood Settings

Thu November 29, 2018: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar

This webinar focuses on strategies to help children use more complex sentences and vocabulary with their caregivers and peers. Children learn through daily routines and play, but as they grow and explore early education settings, their social worlds expand.  Opportunities abound for children to learn as they take turns peeking at the classroom guinea pig, pretend to be police officers on a chase, and read books with a favorite caregiver. In this event participants discover strategies to support growth in language, social communication, and early literacy skills by engaging children in meaningful, everyday activities in early care settings.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

CE credits and certificates of completion are no longer available for this event. 

Presenter Information

Juliann J. Woods, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Associate Director of Research to Practice at the Autism Institute. She has over 40 years of clinical experience, research and teaching in early communication intervention for young children and their families as an ASHA Fellow and past-president of the Division of Early Childhood. She has more than 50 externally funded research, training and demonstration grants with many using professional development and implementation science frameworks and technology to integrate practice change in community settings. Dr. Woods publishes and presents at national conferences on early communication and intervention for young children and their families and the use of technology for coaching and professional development. She is the director of the Communication and Early Childhood- Research to Practice Center which is designed to facilitate access of resources for early childhood educators, program administrators, and interdisciplinary teams and is the associate director for research to practice with the FSU Autism Institute.

Mollie Romano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Assistant Director of the Communication in Early Childhood Research and Practice Center (CEC-RAP) in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Iowa Distance Mentoring Model (IA-DMM), a statewide initiative to support the implementation of Family Guided Routines Based Intervention in Iowa’s Part C Program by providing systematic, evidence-based professional development. Dr. Romano has worked as a speech-language pathologist in home and community settings, and she conducts research on embedded interventions for infants and toddlers and their families. She also teaches Clinical Phonetics and Normal Communication Development in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. Dr. Romano has a particular interest in supporting the communication needs of children at risk for language delays due to poverty and in interventions that encourage the development of children with significant disabilities.

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Webinar Slides

Transactional Supports handout

Active Engagement handout

16 Actions with Objects by 16 Months handout

FDEI Booklist

Dialogic Reading Resource: Strategies for Supporting Early Literacy Development by Lindsay R. Dennis and Evan Horn

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Cover Image from Photospin.com by Denys Kuvaiev

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