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Signs of Connection: A Journey into the Transformative Power of ASL for Child Mental Health and Development


Credit Available - See CEs/Contact Hours tab below.

Average Rating:
   24
Categories:
Children and Adolescents |  Language & Literacy
Trainers:
Michael S. Hubler, Ed.D |  Lillian I. Hubler
Course Levels:
Beginning
Duration:
6 hours
Format:
Audio and Video
Format:
Live Interactive Webinar

Dates



Description

Course Format

Live interactive webinar: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion by unmuting and directly asking questions or through the chat feature in Zoom. 


Description: This immersive workshop is designed to take you on a journey through the enriching world of American Sign Language (ASL), revealing its significant role in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children aged 5-12 years. Our focus extends beyond basic ASL skills; we delve into the realm of using ASL as a transformative tool for nurturing deeper connections and facilitating effective communication. A pivotal part of this training involves learning strategies and techniques to guide young children from operating primarily in their emotional brain to engaging their logical brain. This transition is crucial for enhancing peer relationships, fostering positive expression of feelings, and developing self-regulating behaviors. As we explore these techniques, we will uncover new pathways for impactful interaction and holistic growth in the fields of child education and mental health. This workshop covers basic ASL skills, the benefits of ASL in various contexts, and strategies for integrating ASL into practice for: enhanced communication, cognitive development, behavior management, brain development, social-emotional development, and inclusivity and accessibility. By focusing on these areas, the workshop will equip professionals with practical tools and strategies to use ASL not only as a communication tool but also as a means to support the holistic development of children, particularly in navigating their emotional and cognitive processes.

Join us in this enlightening experience to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children through the multifaceted language of ASL.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice basic ASL skills for professionals.
  2. Explain how ASL serves as a visual-spatial language, contributing to the cognitive development of children.
  3. Describe how ASL can contribute to the social-emotional development of children.
  4. Identify strategies and techniques to shift young children from their emotional brain to their logical brain using ASL.
  5. Use ASL as a tool for behavior management, particularly for children with challenges in verbal communication.

Research: Research information about this program can be found on the following websites:

Carrow, J., (2003). Sign language and its benefits for hearing children. Retrieved from http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/topics/benefits_of_learning_how_to_sign.htm
Hubler, M., (2003). Why sign with hearing children? Time to Sign Learning Guide. Time to Sign, Inc. Indialantic, FL, 5-8.
Orfano, Finn & Gromisch, Elizabeth, (2012). Using Sign Language to Help the Hearing ADD or ADHD Child, Bright Hub Education. Retrieved from: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/special-ed-behavioral-disorders/1867-sign-language-to-help-students-with-adhd/

Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, psychologists, addiction professionals, case managers, and other interested individuals.

Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.


Registration

Registration open until: 4/10/24


CEs/Contact Hours


NYSED LMSW & LCSW CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Continuing education Live Online (Webinar) contact hours: 6


NYSED LMHC CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0008. Continuing education Live Online (Webinar) contact hours: 6


NYSED LMFT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0007. Continuing education Live Online (Webinar) contact hours: 6


NYSED LCAT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0003. Continuing education Live Online (Webinar) contact hours: 6


NYSED PSY CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0062. Continuing education Live Online (Webinar) contact hours: 6


ASWB ACE approved continuing education

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, #1773, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/23/2022 - 02/23/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits.


UBSW - NYS OASAS

NYS OASAS Provider #0045: 6 hours for CPP & CPS Initial Hours in Section 1; CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal Hours.



Handouts

Trainer

Michael S. Hubler, Ed.D's Profile

Michael S. Hubler, Ed.D Related Seminars and Products


Dr. Michael S. Hubler, Ed.D., earned his Doctor of Education degree from Regent University and his masters of administration degree from Radford University, where he was a graduate teaching fellow. His passion for helping children with behavioral and life issues led him to develop a system of behavioral assistance in Indian River County, FL for which they were named the outstanding minority education facility for the state of Florida. This drive to change behavioral outcomes led him to continue his education to earn an education doctorate in social and emotional learning (personal growth and development of young children). His outstanding service work to assist children and families earned him honors as Brevard County’s citizen of the year twice (pop. 560,000) and humanitarian of the year for central Florida. He has also published over 40 early childhood education books and curriculums as Time to Sign’s Director of Research, Training, and Curriculum Development.


Lillian I. Hubler's Profile

Lillian I. Hubler Related Seminars and Products


Mrs. Lillian I. Hubler is the Founder and President of Time to Sign, Inc. The foremost sign language trainer of young children’s educators, with having trained more than 180,000 educators nationwide. She is a dynamic presenter whose presentations are educational best practices, engaging, and fun. Lillian brings sign language into life for visual learning, social and emotional readiness, and classroom & behavior management best practices. Her methods are being used in over 5,200 schools nationwide.


Equipment Requirements

Required Hardware
- A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet).
- Speakers/headphones/earbuds OR access to a phone to call in to the Zoom room.


Strongly Encouraged Hardware
- Webcam or mobile device with a camera for interacting in course activities.


Internet Connection
- A stable Internet connection of 56K or greater is required. (However, please note that a 56K connection may degrade the quality of your experience.)

Any questions about these requirements or other technical questions can be directed to sw-ce@buffalo.edu.

Online Course Access

Upon successful registration of the course you will be able to access the course materials. 

How do I test my system / access the online training?

To access the program, please log into your account. Please plan to log in 10 minutes prior to the start time. Click on the Launch Viewer button next to your program title to confirm you can see video and hear audio. You will enter the room with your microphone muted and your camera off. For the best experience, please leave these settings as is unless instructed otherwise. 

How do I access the course materials

To download course materials, log into your account. Under the seminar name click on the Handouts button.

For some trainings, the course handouts may not be available until the morning of the program.

Completion Requirements

No partial credit is given for partial attendance.

Live Online Completion Requirements 

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course, participants must complete the following.

Please note all requirements can be found in your UBCE21 portal. 

- Attend the entire course.  Zoom attendance is used to verify viewing requirements. Zoom can take up to 24 hours to confirm attendance. Participation in small group activities is required.

- Respond to poll questions. You must participate in at least 75% of the polls.

- After the training, complete the evaluation by clicking on the "Evaluation and Certificate" button for this course.

The certificate of completion will be immediately generated in your account upon completion of all course requirements. Certificates may be saved/downloaded, printed, or left in your account. 

Agenda

Part 1: Introduction to ASL and Its Importance (1 Hour) 9am – 10am

1. Welcome and Icebreaker Activity (15 Minutes) • Brief introductions and icebreaker game focused on non-verbal communication.

2. Overview of ASL (15 Minutes) • History and development of ASL.

• ASL as a complete, natural language.

3. Importance of ASL in Child Development (30 Minutes) • Role of ASL in cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional development.

• Case studies showing the impact of ASL on children with and without hearing impairments.

Break: 10:00am – 10:15am

Part 2: Basic ASL Skills for Professionals (1.5 Hours) 10:15am – 11:45am

1. ASL Alphabet and Numbers (30 Minutes) • Practice session on ASL finger spelling and number signs.

2. Basic Everyday Signs (30 Minutes) • Learning essential signs (e.g., greetings, emotions, common requests).

3. Interactive Practice Session (30 Minutes) • Group activity to practice using basic signs in simulated scenarios.

Lunch: 11:45am – 12:15pm

Part 3: ASL in Professional Contexts (1.5 Hours) 12:15pm – 1:45pm

1. ASL in Behavior Management and Social-Emotional Learning (45 Minutes) • Strategies for using ASL to manage behaviors and understand children's emotional states.

• Role of ASL in expressing emotions and recognizing social cues.

• Techniques using ASL to help children transition from their emotional brain to their logical brain.

2. ASL for Cognitive and Emotional Development (45 Minutes) • Understanding the interplay between emotional and logical brain regions in child development.

• Using ASL as a tool for self-regulation, expression of feelings, and problem-solving.

• Strategies to improve peer relations and positive expression of emotions through ASL.

Break: 1:45pm – 2:00pm

Part 4: Integrating ASL into Practice (1.5 Hours) 2:00pm – 3:30pm

[Additional Focus]

1. Role-Playing Scenarios and Practical Applications (1 Hour) • Participants engage in role-playing exercises to apply ASL in scenarios focusing on emotional to logical transition, self-regulation, and expression of feelings.

• Discuss and practice using ASL to facilitate problem-solving and improved peer relationships.

2. Developing ASL-Enriched Environments for Holistic Development (30 Minutes) • Strategies for creating environments that foster emotional and cognitive development using ASL.

• Incorporating ASL in daily routines for enhancing logical thinking and emotional expression.

Part 5: Resources and Continuing Learning (30 Minutes) 3:30pm – 4:00pm

1. Resources for Further Learning (15 Minutes)

• Sharing of resources (books, websites, communities) for further ASL learning.

2. Workshop Wrap-Up and Q&A Session (15 Minutes)

• Final thoughts, feedback, and addressing any questions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Live (In-Person, Online, and Hybrid) Trainings

The cancellation and refund policy below applies to individual courses. If you purchased multiple courses at one time they may be subject to individual processing fees. Participants can make payment or refund inquiries by contacting the Office of Continuing Education by phone 716-829-5844 or by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu. Standard business hours for the Office of Continuing Education are Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. Any requests made outside of these days and times will default to the next business day.

Up to 3 CEs/Contact Hours

  • Up to 30 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card in the full payment amount OR (2) a refund to the original method of payment minus a $15 processing fee 
  • 29 days to 2 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card minus a $15 processing fee OR (2) a refund to the original method of payment minus a $25 processing fee 
  • 24 hours or less prior to the training no gift cards or refunds will be issued

3.25 - 5.75 CEs/Contact Hours

  • Up to 30 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card in the full payment amount OR (2) a refund to the original method of payment minus a $25 processing fee 
  • 29 days to 2 days prior to the training date refunds will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card minus a $25 processing fee OR (2) a refund of 50% to original method of payment
  • 24 hours or less prior to the training no gift cards or refunds will be issued

6-11.75 CEs/Contact Hours

  • Up to 30 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card in the full payment amount OR (2) a refund to the original method of payment minus a $50 processing fee 
  • 29 days to 2 days prior to the training date refunds will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card minus a $50 processing fee OR (2) a refund of 50% to original method of payment
  • 24 hours or less prior to the training no gift cards or refunds will be issued

12 or more CEs/Contact Hours

  • Up to 60 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card in the full payment amount OR (2) a refund to the original method of payment minus a $50 processing fee 
  • 59 to 6 days prior to the training date refund will be issued in the form of (1) a gift card minus a $50 processing fee OR (2) a refund of 50% to original method of payment
  • 5 days or less prior to the training      No gift cards or refunds will be issued
  • Visit ubswce.ce21.com and refer to the "CEs/Contact Hours" tab on the respective training page to confirm the number of approved CEs/Contact Hours. There may be instances where a special workshop has additional cancellation rules that will be stated in the workshop description.

Online Self-Study Training

  • Participants have up to 72 hours from purchase to contact the Office of Continuing Education by phone or email and request a refund for an online course.

Gift Cards

Gift cards can be used as payment toward future trainings. Gift cards expire one (1) year after being issued.

Loyalty Reward Points

  • Participants who request a refund will forfeit any Loyalty Reward Points they may have received from that purchase.
  • Participants who request a refund on a purchase paid for with Loyalty Reward Points will have those rewards credited back to their account within 5 business days of the refund being processed.

Substitute Attendance

If a registered participant is unable to attend a training and would like another individual to attend in their place the Office of Continuing Education must be called or emailed at least one full business day before the training. Substitution decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Check Refund

Any refund requests for a check payment may take up to 4 weeks to process.

UB Cancelled Trainings

  • If the Office of Continuing Education cancels a training, participants will be notified via email and refunds will be paid in full.
  • Please be aware that if the University at Buffalo is closed trainings and workshops may still be taking place.
  • Please contact the Office of Continuing Education at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5841 if you have any questions or concerns regarding whether or not a training is still being held.

Additional questions and support?

Please email sw-ce@buffalo.edu or call 716-829-5841.