March 7, 2020 | Kansas City, MO The Linguistic Genius of Babies

A One Day Early Learning Conference A Collaboration of AG Bell, Hearing First, and NCHAM

Baby's brains are ready to learn from day one. Join us for an interactive learning day with the leading specialist in infant brain development, Dr. Patricia Kuhl.

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Join us on March 7, 2020, for The Linguistic Genius of Babies: A One Day Early Learning Conference, an interactive learning experience leading up to the 19th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meeting taking place March 8-10, 2020.

Featuring Dr. Patricia Kuhl, the event will highlight current research on the growth of the human brain during the first five years of life. If you’re interested in learning more about how a baby’s brain develops and learns language, improving developmental outcomes, and earning CEU credits, you won’t want to miss this event!

In investigating the child's brain, we're going to uncover deep truths about what it means to be human, and in the process, we may be able to help keep our own minds open to learning for our entire lives.

— Dr. Patricia Kuhl
Leading researcher in infant brain development, Dr. Patricia Kuhl

About Dr. Patricia Kuhl

Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and is Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Director of the University of Washington’s NSF Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She is internationally recognized for her research on early language and bilingual brain development, for pioneering brain measures on young children, and studies that show how young children learn. Dr. Kuhl is the co-author of The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (Harper Collins).

Learning & the Social Brain

In a series of interviews with Edutopia, researcher Patricia Kuhl reveals the science behind the social brain - which she calls the gateway to human cognition.

What is the Social Brain
Masters of Social Learning
When the Social Brain Misfires
The Social Classroom

Event Overview


March 7, 2020


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Morning Session Early Language Development: Connecting the Dots Between Brain Development, “Critical Periods” in Development, and a Child’s Communicative Success

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • describe the milestones of language development, as well as the measurable features of brain growth during the first five years of life.
  • explain what it means to say that the infant is “born to learn” and why we argue that the social brain “gates” early language development.
  • identify the evidence demonstrating why learning language from media (TV screens, tablets, smart phones) is not successful during the early period of life.

Afternoon Session Building the Baby Brain for Language: What is Our Role?

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • identify why there is a need for parents and others to help “build” the child’s brain during the critical period to support language learning.
  • describe what “parentese” is and its features.
  • explain the evidence supporting that “parentese” language input and parent-child “turn-taking” enhance children’s language development.

$10 - Families & Students
$69 - Professionals Early Bird Rates through January 31

$29 - Families & Students $129 - Professionals Regular Registration Begins February 1

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Continuing education units are available for professionals attending the full day on-site.
AG Bell

AG Bell is pre-approved by the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer up to 6.0 Continuing Education Hours for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS™) certification. Pre-approved Continuing Education Hours are applicable for LSLS re-certification, as well as for professionals seeking LSLS certification.

American Academy of Audiology

AG Bell is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherenceof the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for up to .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area.)

Three Ways to Attend The Linguistic Genius of Babies: A One Day Early Learning Conference

Attend One Day

Grow in your knowledge of infant brain development and immerse yourself in this one day early learning conference.

Learn about the key features of change that are required to advance children’s language skills during this interactive learning experience in person with Dr. Kuhl. Plus, earn CEUs!

Attend Four Days

Add another day to your 2020 EHDI Meeting registration.

Come early to participate in this interactive learning experience open to both professionals and parents and a great opportunity to network with others who are attending this year’s EHDI Meeting.

Attend Virtually

Can’t attend in person but still want to see Dr. Kuhl’s presentations?

Live streaming of Dr. Kuhl’s presentations will be available through the Hearing First community platform. CEUs will not be provided for this format.

Attend VirtuallyEarly Learning Conference


Who should attend?

Join with other professionals and parents intent on improving early hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention systems for infants/young children and their families. The one-day early conference will be relevant to:

  • Audiologists
  • Physicians and other Health Care Providers
  • Families of children with hearing loss
  • Early Intervention Specialists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • LSL Specialists
  • Advocates
  • State EHDI program staff members
  • Representatives from the major organizations working with EHDI programs

When is the conference & where is it located?

The conference is on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri from 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM. The event is taking place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 60018.

How do I earn CEUs?

The Linguistic Genius of Babies: A One Day Early Learning Conference is provided, in part, to assist professionals in their continuing education. AG Bell is the continuing education administrator for this conference and, along with Hearing First and NCHAM, is happy to offer this learning opportunity.

Attendees must indicate each organization for which they will need CEU verification using the forms provided by AG Bell, which will be distributed onsite. Please indicate all of the certificates you requested in your form and submit these completed documents to the CEU desk prior to departure. A certificate verifying the CEUs earned/instructional hours attended for each organization requested will be provided following the conference and filed with the organization on your behalf, free of charge.

Incomplete CEU materials or those received after the close of the conference in Kansas City, Missouri cannot be processed by AG Bell and will not be submitted to any of the organizations outlined above.

Be sure to drop off your completed CEU worksheet BEFORE you leave the conference! If you have any questions, please contact

Is this affiliated with the EHDI conference?

AG Bell and Hearing First are partnering with NCHAM, the organizers of the annual EHDI Meeting, to bring an interactive learning experience with Dr. Kuhl to those who may be planning to attend the EHDI Meeting. The event is taking place the day before the EHDI annual meeting starts on March 7, 2020, and requires an additional fee for those planning to attend the EHDI meeting. Select the “register for three days” option above to register for The Linguistic Genius of Babies: A One Day Early Learning Conference and the EHDI Annual Meeting.

However, attendance at the EHDI Meeting is not required to attend this event. Individuals who would like to register for this event only, may do so face-to-face or attend virtually. CEUs will only be awarded to those attending in person.

Do I have to attend the EHDI Annual Meeting to attend this event?

No, attendance at the EHDI Annual Meeting is not required to attend this one-day interactive learning experience. We are offering two ways to attend, face-to-face for those who wish to participate in interactive learning and network with peers, while also earning CEUs. However, if you can’t attend in person, we are also offering the opportunity to register for virtual live-streaming of Dr. Kuhl’s presentations only.

What lunch options are available nearby?

While the conference will not be providing lunch, there are several great lunch options within a 2-3 block radius of the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. We have linked a few of those options for you here:

Do you have travel information for out of town attendees?

Hotel Information

The conference is being held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Participants in The Linguistic Genius of Babies: A One Day Early Learning Conference can book at the EHDI Annual Meeting Group rate here.

Airport Information

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Hotel direction: 35 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.


  • Electric car charging stations: 6, Complimentary
  • On-site parking, fee: 19 USD daily
  • Valet parking, fee: 26 USD daily

Who do I contact if I have questions or issues regarding registration?

If you have questions regarding registration or are in need of assistance, please email and a member of the team will respond in a timely manner to assist you.

What do I do if I registered but I can no longer attend face to face?

Please email for changes to your registration.

What if I can’t attend in-person?

We’re sorry you won’t be able to attend in person to learn, engage, and network with other attendees. However, we understand that schedules do not always permit travel. If you are still interested in viewing Dr. Kuhl’s presentations, you can register to attend virtually, as we’ll be live streaming Dr. Kuhl’s presentations.