Fall 2020 Webinar Series

We may be socially distant, but we can still learn together.  Join me for my Fall 2020 Webinar Series!

Fall 2020 Webinar Series

 

9/23/2020 8PM EST: Listen Up

How can professionals help parents learn about their children’s hearing loss and the importance of all-waking-hours access to sound if listening and spoken language are the desired outcome?  Learn how to convey this information in a variety of compelling, understandable ways to suit a variety of parent and family needs.  REGISTER HERE

10/14/2020 8PM EST: Super Sessions

From planning to implementation to charting, I’ll share my tips and tricks for setting goals, choosing activities, and making sessions run smoothly.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions.  REGISTER HERE

11/18/2020 8PM EST: Social Skills Activities

Children with hearing loss may struggle with social skills, even if they have age-appropriate speech and language.  Learn simple activities to target a variety of social skills (Theory of Mind, conversational repair, etc.) for everyone from babies to high schoolers.  REGISTER HERE

12/2/2020 8PM EST: Case Studies

I’ll dig into my archives to share case studies that touch upon clinicians’ most common concerns: bilingual oral language learners, children with multiple disabilities, children who receive hearing technology late, and more.  Walk through these cases with me and gain insights that can help you with the children and families you serve.  REGISTER HERE

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I can’t make it at that time!  Will these webinars be available on demand?

Yes!  You will need to register for the session before the live event date (just as if you were planning to attend live).  After the event is finished, you will receive a link to watch the recording.

 

Are CEUs offered?

AG Bell LSLS CEs are pending.  For ASHA members, this counts as an “acceptable professional development” activity and can be counted toward certification maintenance (see more on this HERE).  All participants will receive a certificate of completion as documentation for other certification purposes.

 

Are the webinars captioned?

Of course!  Google’s automated captions will be used for the webinars.

 

ToM Part 2: Best Books for Theory of Mind

In Part One of this series, I introduced the concept of Theory of Mind (ToM) and why children with hearing loss are at risk to struggle with this particular aspect of cognitive development. Now, let’s dive in to what we can do to help build ToM abilities in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We’ll start with my favorite thing to do in Auditory Verbal Therapy — read a book! Continue reading

ToM Part 1: Theory of Mind and Children with Hearing Loss

Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to understand that other people’s thoughts, desires, motivations, and preferences are not the same as our own.  Babies begin life seeing everyone in the world as an extension of themselves (which makes sense, because for the past nine months, they basically were!).  Toddlers might not realize that even if they say, “I didn’t eat the cookie,” the chocolate around their mouths tells a different story.  Young children may have difficulty dealing with the fact that not everyone wants to play their favorite game or talk about their favorite topics 24/7.  But as we grow, typically-developing people begin to learn the boundaries between “my thoughts” and “others’ thoughts” and use that Theory of Mind to navigate social situations.  If Theory of Mind doe snot develop, or does not develop fully, social difficulties can follow.  People with autism generally struggle with this “mind blindness,” which might not be so shocking, but did you know that children with hearing loss are at particular risk for ToM difficulty, too?

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Homeschooling for Children with Hearing Loss

Families of babies with hearing loss often ask, “Where will my child go to school?”  My answer is usually, “Wherever you would have sent her if she didn’t have hearing loss!”  Families who were planning on public school can send to public school.  Hoping for private or religious education?  Go for it!  Homeschool your other kids?  Why not your child with hearing loss?  The whole point of Auditory Verbal Therapy is that children with hearing loss can be integrated into mainstream environments, whatever that looks like for their particular family.  So that said, I’ve always had families on my caseload who homeschool their children with hearing loss, but now with the Covid-19 pandemic, families who never in a million years thought about homeschooling are considering this option for their children.  Let’s take a look at some options, considerations, and resources to help parents make this choice.

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Making Language Catchable

There’s a saying that “Language is caught, not taught.”  It would be impossible (and boring for both the adult and child!) to sit down and directly teach a child every word, phrase, or sentence structure he needs to know.  It also wouldn’t lead to very natural results.  Instead, the best language that children learn is picked up incidentally (indirectly, informally, in the course of daily life).  So, how do we make our language more “catchable”?

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Give Me a “WHY”

So often in therapy, I feel that we (professionals) coach parents to use specific techniques (which is great!) and expect them to just do it because we said so (not so great!).  This is not to say that therapists are being authoritative, or pushy, or bad in any way, but I do think that we generally tend to assume that if we say it, parents will do it — and the majority do.  But whyOther than the rare parent who feels comfortable enough to challenge or question the professionals, I think parents take what we say at face value because there is an enormous power differential between parent and professional. 

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