This workshop will provide participants with an evidenced based introduction to simple sign language skills meant to improve communication in children of all ages and abilities. Course participants will learn more than 100 key words that can be incorporated into their child interactions to improve both expressive and receptive language skills. Improvements in communication and interaction, in turn, serve to enhance a child’s ability to participate in meaningful activities. Skills learned in this course are appropriate for use in pediatric clinical practice, the school environment as well as in the home environment. Course format includes lecture, as well as small and large group activities.
1. Describe the impact of functional sign language as a strategy to enhance communication skills in children of all ages and abilities
2. Incorporate basic signs for words and simple phrases most often encountered in pediatric clinical practice, in the school environment, and/or in the home environment in encounters with persons with limited language skills (expressive ability of the participant)
3. Demonstrate comprehension of basic signs for words and simple phrases most often encountered in pediatric clinical practice, in the school environment, and/or in the home environment when interacting with other class participants and with persons with limited language skills (receptive ability of the participant)
4. Integrate functional sign language into childhood songs, games, group activities to increase any given child's ability to participate with their peer group
Attendees will earn 7.5 Contact Hours for attendance from 9 to 5. Lunch is included with registration cost.
Cost per Member Attendee: $120
Cost per Non-Member Attendee. $150
Cost per Student Attendee. $60