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This session will provide practitioners working with children 0- 3 information about the importance of and strategies for “bathing” young children in language. Research shows that by age 3 children who live in poverty are likely to have heard 30 million fewer words than their wealthiest peers. For children with disabilities from less affluent homes, this is an important issue. This session will provide practitioners working with these families and/or working directly with these children strategies demonstrated through video clips on how to envelop these very young children in rich language in order to help close this gap.