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Pediatric Respite Worker

Communicating with Nonverbal Children (PRW - 201)

Talking to any child is actually more complex than you think it is! We encourage you to explore with us the very complex tasks of listening and speaking, and use that knowledge to communicate with those you care for in a way that helps both YOU and the KIDS. The first part of this course is intended to help you learn more about our amazing brains, and how they work to process sounds into information that actually makes sense. Then, we look at how your lungs, throat, nose and mouth work together to create sounds in an amazing way to respond. Then, we use this knowledge to help caregivers slow down and ways of communicating with a child. The final section is on using all of this information to PAIR with a child who may have communication challenges. We give you tips, tricks and a list of resources to consult so that you and the child you care for will build a relationship that is solid and respectful.

  • Introduction - Communication Advice from Peace Place
  • The Game of Telephone
  • How Young Children Learn Language
  • Listening is the first step...
  • Sensory Differences can make Communication Difficult
  • ...and Speech is just as difficult!
  • How the brain processes all that language...
  • Is your child developmentally ready to talk?
  • The 11 Skills Toddlers Master before Words Emerge by Laura Mize, SLP
  • Pairing is creating a relationship with a child - communicating!
  • Behavior is concrete - and pairing is concrete too.
  • Tips for Pairing
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever