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Early Communication Skills in Multilingual Communities

  • 29 Apr 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • ONLINE - Zoom Platform
  • 17


  • Free for MSHA Members

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Early Communication Skills in Multilingual Communities

April 29, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $60

As professionals and families are tasked with addressing the developmental needs of increasingly diverse populations, information and guidance is needed related to what to expect in development, and how to provide best practices in supporting young learners. This presentation will provide theoretical and practical information about communication skills in multilingual language learners and how to support young learners’ needs to achieve healthy communication for social and academic outcomes.

Rachel G. Aghara, PhD, CCC-SLP

Learner Outcomes
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe developmental processes in human communication development
2. Select strategies that all adults can use to support communication development in young children learning any language(s).

Time-Ordered Agenda
10:00a - 10:10a: Introductions and Review of Agenda
10:10a - 10:45a: Information about Typical Early Communication Development
10:45a - 11:15a: Activity, Review & Short Movement Break
11:15a - 11:45a: Information on Strategies for Supporting Development
11:45a - 12:00p: Open Discussion and Questions

NOTE: Zoom information will be sent closer to the event. You will be asked to register on Zoom prior to receiving the link to the program. *Please register in advance of the meeting as content will start at 10:00 AM sharp*

About the Presenter

Dr. Aghara’s experiences as a speech-language pathologist include work in educational, medical, clinical and research settings specializing in services to linguistically and culturally diverse (CLD) populations. She has practiced in New York, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Bolivia, El Salvador and India.
Dr. Aghara participated in research and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, the University of Houston, and most recently at Merrimack College.

Disclosure Statements

Financial: Rachel receives a salary as a lecturer and program coordinator for Merrimack College. She is the owner of Vidya Associates LLC.
Non-financial: Rachel is Vice President of Administration for MSHA. She is group coordinator for MSHA diversity group. She is a member of ASHA.

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