COURSE: 50-535 Development of Speech and Language in Early Childhood (3)|
Candidates will construct an understanding of speech and language acquisition in children from birth through eight years of age. An examination and analysis of typical, atypical, and bilingual language patterns and their relationship to cognitive and social development will be included. As a result of demonstrations and observations, candidates familiarize themselves with speech and language screening and diagnostic processes for young children. They also explore a variety of direct and indirect language stimulation techniques and learn how to create an environment that supports language acquisition for all young children. Educational issues related to linguistically diverse children and families will be researched using the Internet as a resource. Appropriate field experiences are included. Prerequisite: Child Growth and Development, 3.0 GPA; consent of Education Advisor.