The Moog Center is pleased to present a series of virtual learning sessions for Early Intervention providers, to be presented throughout the 2023-2024 school year at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Developing Vocabulary in Very Young Children
September 6, 2023 (Wednesday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks

A child’s single-word vocabulary impacts the ability to express his/her wants and needs. For children to develop adequate language skills, they must have sufficient vocabulary. The focus of this presentation will be on the importance of the acquisition of single-word vocabulary for language development. Strategies and techniques for helping families help their children develop single-word vocabulary will be reviewed and explained.

Supporting Very Young Children With Comorbidities
October 3, 2023 (Tuesday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks and Judy Schlesinger

This session will provide professionals with ideas and suggestions for helping caregivers support children with comorbidities. This presentation will focus on specific strategies for early interventionists to use during sessions to help caregivers engage their very young children who have speech and/or language delays and present with comorbidities. Strategies for implementing a variety of activities to engage very young children will be provided.

Great Activities Using Materials in the Home
December 7, 2023 (Thursday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks

This session will provide TODs, SLPs, caregivers, and early interventionists with information about the importance of meeting families where they are… in their homes. This presentation will be based on the concept that Early Interventionists should engage families in activities that are developed using items found in their homes. The rationale for using items in the family’s home as well as creative ideas and suggestions using these items for caregiver-child sessions will be included.

Working with Families: Part 1
February 6, 2024 (Tuesday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks

Professionals have been providing support to parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing for decades. The manner in which professionals have provided this support has changed over the years and varies from professional to professional. Using a theoretical framework that includes adult learning principles has proven to be an effective means of engaging parents. This presentation will provide participants with information about adult learners and the parent’s perspective. Video interviews with parents will provide the learners with evidence about the importance of developing trust, respect, and rapport.

Working with Families: Part 2
March 6, 2024 (Wednesday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks

This session will focus on the Coaching aspect of a Parent Support session. The objective of the coaching session is to help parents enhance their children’s vocabulary and language development. The main components of a Parent Support session including Joint Planning, Observation/Coaching, and Reflection and Feedback will be reviewed and explained. Ideas for engaging parents in coaching sessions will be included. Video examples of these components will be provided.

Transitioning from Part C to Part B
June 6, 2024 (Thursday)
Presented by Betsy Moog Brooks and Liz Fales

Ideas and suggestions for helping parents prepare for the IEP meeting so they can better participate as equal partners in the IEP process will be presented. The intention of IDEA is for parents to be active participants in the IEP process; however, most parents do not have sufficient understanding of the process in order to engage fully. It is the obligation of professionals working with families to educate parents about the IEP process. This presentation will provide the information parents and professionals need to understand important aspects of the transition process from an IFSP to an IEP to ensure parents may more fully participate in the IEP meeting. The purpose of this presentation is to provide parents and professionals with information about how parents can be supported during the transition process from Part C to Part B of IDEA.