2024 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 17-19, 2024 • Denver, CO


3/14/2022  |   10:05 AM - 10:30 AM   |  Foundational Skills Resources   |  Room 10

Foundational Skills Resources

This presentation will share key findings about early language acquisition and how these can support cognition, neuroscience, and behavior development among children. The research will include current hot topics in numeracy, phonological, alphabetic, vocabulary, and language skills development. There are multiple pathways to reading and these will be shared with the participants, and the emphasis will be on early language acquisition to support children's milestones and normal language development during their critical period. Not only research will be shared, but the participants will leave this session with concrete plans and resources to support the children. The resources are free for downloads and distributions. This session is ideal for parents, early interventionists, preschool educators, and deaf mentors, and any other entities who work closely with children from 0-5 years old. These will help children build the skills needed to meet the language milestones for normal development and get them ready for school and to learn to read.

  • What key elements are needed to build your child’s foundational skills they need to boost their academic achievement, social skills, and social-emotional development
  • What the research says are the building blocks to literacy and why these are essential
  • Identify websites with free resources are available for you and how these can apply to ALL kinds of deaf children with different hearing levels

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Melissa Herzig (Virtual), Gallaudet University, melissa.herzig@gallaudet.edu;
Dr. Melissa Herzig is the Director of Bilingual Evaluations, Testing, and Assessment Center. She was a Director of the Translation in the Science of Learning Center of the Visual Language and Visual Learning and the Co-Founder and Assistant Director for the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience program at Gallaudet University. She has a BA in Biology from Gallaudet University. She received an MA and her Doctoral Degree in Teaching and Learning at the University of California, San Diego. She worked at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, at the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at San Diego State University, and at the Center for Research in Language at UCSD. She was a teacher at a mainstreamed high school for 8 years, and a supervisor for student teachers and interns at UCSD and National University. She has published numerous articles about language learning, bilingualism, and motivation for reading.


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