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Small talk: Strategies to Support Child Communication Before Words Emerge

Thu September 27, 2018: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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About this Webinar:

Previous webinars in this series have covered child communication development through the preschool years.  In this session Drs. Mollie Romano and Juliann Woods will discuss what families, early care and education providers, and early interventionists can do to help a child learn to communicate and talk.  A focus will be placed on evidence-based strategies to support communication leading to words and how caregivers can embed these strategies in everyday activities – from walking to the bus stop to pick up an older sister to Face-timing with Mom or Dad while during deployment. The presenters will present a variety of responsive intervention strategies including interactive book sharing to support child communication and emergent literacy.

CE credits are no longer available for this event.


  • Describe the importance of responding to child communication as a strategy
  • Discover at least three ways to create opportunities for children to communicate during everyday routines
  • Learn how to coach families to embed strategies during their daily routines and activities

Presenter Information

Juliann J. Woods, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Associate Director of Research to Practice at the Autism Institute. She has over 40 years of clinical experience, research and teaching in early communication intervention for young children and their families as an ASHA Fellow and past-president of the Division of Early Childhood. She has more than 50 externally funded research, training and demonstration grants with many using professional development and implementation science frameworks and technology to integrate practice change in community settings. Dr. Woods publishes and presents at national conferences on early communication and intervention for young children and their families and the use of technology for coaching and professional development. She is the director of the Communication and Early Childhood- Research to Practice Center which is designed to facilitate access of resources for early childhood educators, program administrators, and interdisciplinary teams and is associate director for research to practice with the FSU Autism Institute.

Mollie Romano, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Assistant Director of the Communication in Early Childhood Research and Practice Center (CEC-RAP) in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Iowa Distance Mentoring Model (IA-DMM), a statewide initiative to support the implementation of Family Guided Routines Based Intervention in Iowa’s Part C Program by providing systematic, evidence-based professional development. Dr. Romano has worked as a speech-language pathologist in home and community settings, and she conducts research on embedded interventions for infants and toddlers and their families. She also teaches Clinical Phonetics and Normal Communication Development in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University. Dr. Romano has a particular interest in supporting the communication needs of children at risk for language delays due to poverty and in interventions that encourage the development of children with significant disabilities.

How to obtain CECs

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You will be prompted to complete an evaluation for this webinar, upon completion a link will be provided to access to the post-test and/or certificate.
Continuing Education Credit

  • This FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. To learn more about EITP, go to https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the CE credits we offer:  Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and for Family Resources Coordinators in Washington state.
  • We continue to seek additional recognition from other states.  Please check back frequently for updates.

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6 Replies to “Small talk: Strategies to Support Child Communication Before Words Emerge”

  1. Good morning! I accidentally put in the wrong email. Is there a way for me to get it sent to my actual email address please?

    1. Hi Mary Ann. This webinar will carry CE credits through Sept. 27, 2019. You can view the recording of the webinar and then take the evaluation and post-test using the purple button labeled “Continuing Education Credit” above. If you have any questions, please let our MFLN FDEI team know by emailing MFLNFDEarlyIntervention@gmail.com. Thanks.

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