Communication tips for working with an interpreter

Communication Tips for Working With an Interpreter

Working with an Interpreter Healthcare workers, school staff, and law enforcement officials often find themselves trying to communicate with individuals who do not speak fluent English. Here are some tips to improving communication. These suggestions also would apply when communicating with someone who happens to be Deaf. An Interpreter is a Tool If an interpreter…

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A Child’s First Word

In most cases, a child will produce her first word around the time of her first birthday, but the foundation for communication comes much earlier.  By about 8 months of age, a child has developed the concept of object permanence, the ability to understand that an object exists even if she can no longer see…

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Keep Your Child’s Ears Healthy for Better Hearing Health

During the first few years of life, good hearing skills are so important for developing good awareness of speech sounds. When children have chronic ear infections, sounds are distorted, and it can impair their development of accurate speech sound production. Here are some tips for keeping ear infections to a minimum: Practice Good Hygiene Clean…

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Know the Type of Educational Assessments

Every year–usually in the spring–schoolchildren across the country take standardized tests. These tests are purported to show how much a child has learned in a given year. The results will show how your child compares to other children. Often they will show a percentile ranking. If a child is at the 53rd percentile, that means…

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Keeping Track of Your Child’s IEP Documents

Keeping Track of the IEP If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at school, keeping track of all relevant documents is essential. Bringing all the documents together in one place helps make the IEP process go more smoothly. Your child’s IEP binder can be as simple as a 3-ring binder with a few page…