Thursday, March 16, 2017

CEU Course: Helping Parents of Late Talkers Use Gestures

I've had an influx of "late talkers" recently, so I've been looking for some continuing education courses in that area.  I'm going to the Hanen Centre's More Than Words program in April, which will be fantastic, I'm sure.  Hanen also has an e-seminar called Helping Parents of Late Talkers Use Gestures to Support Expressive Language Development.

Here's the description from The Hanen Centre:
"It’s well recognized that children’s gesture use is an important part of their expressive language development. What’s also well known is that children tend to use more gestures when they have parents who do the same. But for parents who are not natural gesturers, it can be difficult to consistently incorporate gestures into interactions with their child.
This e-Seminar explores what is known about the connection between gesture use and the development of word combinations, and helps you develop a plan of action for supporting parents of Late Talkers to add specific gesture types to their verbal language models to encourage their child’s expressive language development."
This seminar reviews the various types of gestures, the developmental milestones, and then how to teach kids gestures.   The course is full of videos to help you learn exactly what she is talking about.  The presenter also provides a lot of research/resources throughout.

Overall, this course was extremely helpful to me. I learned a ton of information that I did not know before. I can take this information and put it into practice today. I will now be looking at gestures more, include them in my therapy, and stress the importance with parents.  This course is 2 hours in length and can be done in the comfort of your home on you time.  I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is working with late talkers.

If you are interested in taking this course, you can find more information here.  The Hanen Centre is graciously offering 40% off to all Home Sweet Speech room readers now through April 7, 2017. Just enter the code HSSR40.  That means you get 0.2 CEUs for only around $50! Super cheap for a great course.

Note: Access to this course was provided for me to review the course. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are mine. 

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