About this webcast group

Welcome to the Clerc Center's newest webcast on language acquisition!

This is where you will be able to view the webcast and have the opportunity to participate in a moderated question and answer session with the presenter, Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler.

Just click "Join Us" below to join the webcast group.

After you join the group, you will be able to view the webcast, read the presenters' bios, and take a look at the reference list accompanying this webcast.  

Please note, this webcast has been pre-recorded.  Both the webcast video itself and the discussion group will be "live" from 1:00pm (ET) on Tuesday March 14, 2017 until 5:00pm Thursday March 16, 2017. After this time, you will still be able to view both the webcast and the discussion, but it will be closed to new comments.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this group or inviting your friends and colleagues to view this webcast, you can contact us at training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu.

Thanks for visiting this webcast!  We hope you find it helpful.

Please note:  Content from this webcast was drawn in part from Dr. Chen Pichler's online course, PST375: Language Learning by Eye or by Ear. To learn more about this course, contact the Gallaudet University's Center for Continuing Studies (http://www.gallaudet.edu/center-for-continuing-studies).

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The Clerc Center Team

Language Learning through the Eye and Ear

This Clerc Center produced webcast is designed to increase knowledge among early interventionists, this research-based webcast addresses how deaf and hard of hearing babies acquire language and why one should sign with babies as early as possible. Babies are busy learning language from birth, even though they may not be signing right away. From the moment they arrive, babies are seeking patterns in human language, whether signed or spoken. This webcast will give early interventionists a foundational knowledge to engage in dialogue with parents and professionals about the neurolinguistic benefits of early exposure to visual language for all babies.

As a result of this webcast, you will be able to:

  • Explain how babies' pattern seeking abilities help them acquire language Understand how early sign language exposure benefits deaf and hard of hearing children and how this provides building blocks for social and academic engagement
  • Describe the importance of joint attention, child-directed language, and rich conversation with deaf and hard of hearing babies
  • Counter common but inaccurate assumptions surrounding dual language learning in deaf and hard of hearing children with research-supported data
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Webcast Video (Parts 1 and 2)

Language Learning through the Eye and Ear Part 1

Language Learning through the Eye and Ear (Part 2)