1) Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers: (PITC) CDA 2
Module III, Lesson II Language Development in Young Infants and Module III, Lesson 12: language development in Mobile Infants
Before they can use words, infants are powerful communicators. They use crying, cooing, babbling and facial expressions to engage caregivers in conversation. Caregivers’ responses to babies’ communications are important to language development. This class will help you respond to infants in ways that will enforce their feelings of competence as communicators. Participants will listen and respond to children’s verbal and non-verbal attempts to communicate. Learners will demonstrate realistic expectations for children’s understanding and use of speech. Mobile infants are explorers and they seek ways to share their discoveries with caregivers. By viewing such vocalizations as genuine conversations, caregivers support language development. This class will help you respond to infants’’ communications with respectful conversational turn-taking. Class learning objectives:
1. Learners will listen and respond to children’s verbal and non-verbal attempts to communicate.
2. Learners will demonstrate realistic expectations for children’s understanding and use of speech.
4 in-service hours
2) Introduction to Infant Signing
Babies as young as 7 months old are able to utilize Sign Language to communicate. Having this ability helps them feel empowers and in control of their environment; thereby reducing unwanted behavior like fussing and biting. Signing is a natural way to create meaningful two-way communication between an infant and caregiver. This is a Prerequisite class for all other American Sign Language Classes 2 in-service hours.