On the Road to Language

Event details

  • January 19, 2022
  • 12:00 PM

Presenter: Sima Gerber, Ph.D., CCC
Wednesday, 1/19/22
12pm to 1pm

Many parents and professionals assume that a child’s language development begins with her first words. A more contemporary approach to language development begins with an understanding of the foundational capacities of engagement, intentionality, meanings, and comprehension which lead to the child’s language and communication competence.

In this talk, Dr. Gerber will highlight a developmental paradigm of language acquisition and illustrate how disruptions in the foundations of language can lead to challenges in language and communication.

Dr. Gerber will also briefly introduce a series of books that she has written for parents to help them understand how particular cognitive, motor, social-emotional, and language developments unfold during the first year of life. The take home message of the 4 books is…
Everything babies do will add to their learning. But, there is no more important experience for a child’s language and communication development than her relationship with her caregiver and the time spent playing together!



Sima Gerber, Ph.D., CCC is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. She has been a speech-language pathologist for over 40 years, specializing in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental challenges.

Dr. Gerber has presented nationally and abroad (China, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Georgia) on language acquisition and developmental approaches to assessment and intervention for children with language and communication disorders. Recently, she edited an issue of Topics in Language Disorders (2017), titled, The Power of Play and Its Role in Developmental Integration.

Dr. Gerber is on the faculty of Profectum Academy and the Advisory Board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Dr. Gerber is the recipient of the award for Outstanding Service to the field of Speech-Language Pathology given by the New York City Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Louis DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award from the New York State Association. Dr. Gerber has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


This workshop is free for NYZTT members and $15 for non-members. If you’re not already, you can become a NYZTT member for $60 when you register for this workshop. Membership enables you to attend this and all workshops at no charge. Register here.