Importance of Communication

PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

TURN-TAKING

SPEECH STIMULATION AND AUDITORY AWARENESS

VOCABULARY ENHANCEMENT

ACTIVITIES

RESOURCES

MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

QUESTIONS

ELEMENTS OF AN EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

What is communication? Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviors.

As parents interact with their child, this process will help language grow and develop. Because these first interactions between parents and their child are so important, we need to show parents how to recognize their child's cues and signals, and then be able to respond interactively with their child. By responding to their child's early communications, parents will have an impact on their child's language development.

Once parents are effectively interacting with their child, we can provide them with monthly activities that will enhance their child's turn-taking skills, help develop their auditory awareness to their environment, provide speech stimulation, and enhance their child's vocabulary development.

Resources:
Clark, T. and Watkins, S. (1993). The Ski*Hi Model: A Resource Manual for

Family-Centered, Home-Based Programming for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-Aged
Children with Hearing Impairment. Hyrum, Utah: Hope, Inc.