One significant factor in caring for young children is an understanding of the child’s capacity to communicate. This course will examine the progression of children’s oral language from birth through age five, delineating characteristics and milestones one might recognize as the child grows and develops. Caregivers, educators and parents play an important role in creating an environment and providing experiences that promote and advance a child’s language development. This course will provide practical strategies and teachable activities that encourage the developing child toward those progressive milestones. While children develop at different rates, the course will outline indicators and typical behaviors that may accompany a language delay.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Language: A Child’s Connection To The World A. “Laundry Day” B. Developmental Milestones C. By The Age of One D. By The Age of Two E. By he Age of Three F. By The Age of Four G. By The Age of Five H. Review I. Summary Section 3: [Practical Strategies and Activities] A. Language Modeling: Talking TO Children and WITH Children B. Additional Ideas For Modeling Language C. Experiences and Language Go Hand-In-Hand D. Language Is Learned Through Play E. Language Is Learned Through Music and Movement F. Language Is Learned Through Books and Reading Aloud To Children G. Strategies That Hinder A Child's Language Development H. Review I. Summary Section 4: Signs of Language Delays and How To Respond A. Reasons For Language Development Delays B. Language Delay Warning Signs C. Seeking Support For Language Delayed Children D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations
Cheryl Smith Turner is the principal consultant and founder of REACH Teaching Learning Solutions (TLS), an educational consulting firm, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia. She provides educators with the insight and training for improved instructional strategies that contribute to a positive climate for learning, Cheryl obtained her Specialist in Education Degree from Georgia State University and her Master of Education Degree from Emory University. Cheryl is a nationally certified trainer for classroom management strategies and a state-approved trainer for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), a state approved trainer for Strengthening Families Georgia and is a featured presenter and keynote speaker for a variety of national staff development organizations, universities and agencies. Cheryl’s professional development content includes various topics related to social-emotional learning, child guidance, language and literacy, life skills and executive function, play-based learning and support of high needs learners. Cheryl belongs to several national and regional professional organizations and volunteers her service to numerous charitable and community-based child advocacy groups. Disclosure: Cheryl Smith Turner has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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