Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus recently hosted the Love, Grow, Learn conference to address brain-based communication disorders in children. A collaboration with Fundación Querer – a nonprofit that brings together professionals from the scientific, medical and academic communities to help children diagnosed with neurological disorders – the conference was packed with future educators. Students from MDC’s School of Education were eager to learn from leading experts in neurology, psychology and speech pathology from notable institutions including the Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center and Columbia University. The conference highlighted the need for bilingual curriculum for special needs children. Several case studies featuring new approaches to incorporating dual-language projects and speech therapy showed that children with language disorders can and do learn in more than one language when given the opportunity. While the concept isn’t currently promoted in early education, it is exactly the kind of innovative thinking that MDC encourages in its students. “The more we learn about the brain and brain-based learning, the more we can support positive learning outcomes for all children,” Dr. Susan Neimand, dean of MDC’s School of Education, said at the conference. – BC
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