Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Coffee Break Webinars for Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

By far, in my experience most of the children with whom I worked in Part C were referred because of a speech concern. Is this similar to what you are experiencing?

In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Office of Head Start's Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is joining the the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to host a coffee break webinar series to celebrate this year’s theme “Communication for All.” Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to raise awareness about the critical need to intervene early when young children are identified with communication disorders. 

The Coffee Break Webinars will focus on raising awareness about the importance of frequent hearing screenings, language development, and family engagement.

There is no pre-registration to join the webinars. Click on the links below when you are ready to join.

Monday, May 7, 2018, 2:00-2:15 p.m. EDT:
What You Need to Know About Quality Hearing Screening for Children Birth to Five Years of Age
Will Eiserman, Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative

Click HERE to join the webinar.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT:
Family Engagement: Living It Out in the Real World
Janet DesGeorges, Co-founder and Executive Director of Hands & Voices

Click HERE to join the webinar.

Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT:
Unplug and Engage: Creating Language Rich Everyday Routines at Home
Juliann Woods, Ph.D., Professor and Researcher at Florida State University School of Communication Science and Disorders

Click HERE to join the webinar.

Thursday, May 17, 2017, 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT:
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Strategies to Promote Children’s Language Development
Rosa Milagros Santos, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Special Education the University of Illinois

Click HERE to join the webinar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Additional resources on collaborating with child care programs

Thank you to everyone who joined us at today's "What's On Your Mind?" web discussion on collaborating with families and child care providers! We enjoyed hearing everyone's ideas. Please contact us or comment below if you have ideas for a future web discussion topic, or if you'd like to share feedback/additional thoughts on today's discussion.

And in case you missed it, the recording will be archived on the DEC website (EI SIG page) soon!
Special thanks to Lynn Barts for sharing insights and experiences from her work in the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois. Be sure to visit their page for helpful videos and resources at

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