Using Signed Communication with Young Children and Families
This course provides an examination of the contexts in which signed communication is used with young deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children 0-3 years of age. The components of signed communication are investigated and prerequisites for optimal language development described. Discussion of current approaches will include case-study examples and available resources. Note: this course does not include tuition in Auslan (or other signed communication method).
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
Semester 2 - 2016
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the features of gesture and sign in early language and communication;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role that interactive use of gestural communication plays in early language and cognitive development of young children;
- Summarise the theoretical perspectives on bilingual/bimodal approaches in early childhood intervention and education; and
- Demonstrate a range of strategies to support families in their early use of gesture and signed communication with young D/HH children.
Topics will include:
- Review of early neurological, perceptual and communication development;
- Gesture in parent-young child communication;
- Consideration of case studies: Children in deaf and/or hearing family environments;
- Family perspectives on alternative communication approaches;
- Social correlates of using sign with D/HH young children;
- Review of research on “baby sign” for hearing infants;
- Review of research on sign-supported oral language development;
- Supporting families who chose bilingual/bimodal communication;
- Reading to babies who are D/HH: strategies to introduce signed communication/ language;
- Design of early education programs using sign bilingual approaches; current models in early intervention;
- Fostering bilingual/bimodal approaches in multidiscipinary teams; and
- Resources for professionals and parents;
- Using bimodal communication with deaf children with other needs
- This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).
||All core courses in MSpecEd (D/HH) or demonstrated equivalent.
- Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Essays/Written Assignments - Case Study
- Project: Essays/Written Assignments - Projects
- Quiz: Online quiz
- Lecture: for 18 hour(s) per Term
- Self-Directed Learning: for 9 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
- General Course Requirements: 1. Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.)
2016 Course Timetables for EDUC6856