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Coffee Break Webinars: Communication for All



May is Better Hearing and Speech MonthIn celebration, the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is joining 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.   The webinars will feature speakers that receive funding for various projects through grants and cooperative agreements from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families. Please click here for presenter bios.


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, http://infanthearing.org/earlychildhood/

Click here to join the webinar: https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/bhsm/


·    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, www.handsandvoices.org

Click here to join the webinar: https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/bhsm/


·     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, http://firstwordsproject.com

Click here to join the webinar: https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/bhsm/


·    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, https://provost.illinois.edu/staff-directory/santos-rosa-milagros/

Click here to join the webinarhttps://ncham.adobeconnect.com/bhsm/

Danni McCarthy

Continuting Education and Technical Assistance

Montana Office of Public Instruction

Phone: 406-444-0452

TTY: 406-444-0235

Website: http://opi.mt.gov/

Email: dmccarthy@mt.gov