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The Role of Relationships in Early Development: The Connection Between Experiences and Language Capacity

Course: #8727 Level: Introductory1 Hour 159 Reviews

This course will provide information on the connection between early experiences and early formation of language. Through this framework, the course will look at the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and serve-and-return interactions on the language gap that exists for many communities across the US.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the role of early exposure to violence, poverty, and minimal parenting interactions on language development.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify the role of ACEs in language development.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to list 2-3 ways to engage parents in scaffolding interactions as a way to promote positive experiences around language.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Understanding the Early Experience
10-15 Minutes ACEs and Developmental Delays
15-25 Minutes Neurological Impact of Early Experiences
25-35 Minutes 30 Million Word Gap
35-45 Minutes Understanding the Role of Serve-and-Return in Building Reciprocal Language Experiences
45-55 Minutes Engaging Parents in Language Development from their Own Experience
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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