Cochlear Celebration 2009: Session Notes


Dr. Sherilyn M. Adler, a developmental psychologist, psychotherapist, and mother of a teenager who is a CI recipient, gave an excellent presentation on the joys and challenges of parenting children with hearing loss.  Drawing from her experience as both a psychologist and a parent, she provided information from both professional and personal points of view.  I learned an incredible amount, so here’s my attempt to break it down into manageable pieces for you all to use:

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Picture This: Possessive Pronouns Activity

Today, in therapy, I made an experience book for my six-year-old student.  We’re working on possessive pronouns, so I made a bunch of pages with pictures of various people (just random people from a clip art) and various objects.  We then matched the objects to the person by color.  For example, I printed a picture of a little boy in a green shirt.  We wrote “His favorite color is green.  It’s his ______” (frog, celery, tree, leaf, etc.).  Unbenknownst to him, however, I snuck in pictures of myself (so he could practice saying “your”) and my junior clinician (assigned to observe all of our sessions) (so he could practice saying “her”).  I also put in a blank page where he could paste a picture of himself to practice saying “my“.

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The Knock Knock Box


What is this?  Only one of the greatest therapy tools ever!  It’s a “Knock Knock Box”!  One of the axioms of AVT is “Hear it before you see it.”  In other words, have the child focus on audition (hearing) first, before giving them a visual cue.  That’s where the Knock Knock Box comes in.  You can use a Knock Knock Box in many different ways.

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Print Skills, Writing, and Spelling

A continuation of my notes from a presentation by Kathryn Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT on January 22-23, 2009 at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, entitled “Unlocking the Doors to Academic Success for Children with Hearing Loss!  The Keys: Reading Aloud, Phonemic Awareness, Oral Narration”.

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Unlocking the Doors to Academic Success for Children With Hearing Loss

Unlocking the Doors to Academic Success for Children with Hearing Loss! The Keys: Reading Aloud, Phonemic Awareness, and Oral Narration


Today I attended an excellent seminar given by Kathryn Wilson, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT on how parents and professionals can use phonological awareness skills to give children with hearing loss the best chance of becoming successful masters of language in both its oral and written forms.

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Play With a Purpose: Incorporating Language Into Play

The holidays are over and the presents are unwrapped. Now… how do you get the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to building speech, language, and listening skills through play?

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Hold Your Tongue!

When you’re working with a child with a language gap, the temptation is to just pour language into them like there’s no tomorrow… and the assumption is partially correct.  Constant narration of daily events and stimulation in a language rich environment is crucial to helping our children “make up for lost time” and eliminate the disparities between their chronological age and their language abilities.

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The Top 10 Ways to Raise a Psychologically Healthy Deaf Child

I really like this list because it offers practical advice that applies to all children — regardless of their level of hearing loss, age, or communication modality.  It is so crucial for parents and professionals to remember that we are dealing with a CHILD who happens to have a hearing loss, and to treat that entire CHILD, not just their audiological, educational, and speech-language issues.

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Winter Holiday Activities

Chanukah and Christmas are almost here and I am practically bursting with excitement!  I just couldn’t wait any longer to post these ideas for making the most of this most wonderful time of the year!

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Thanksgiving Activities

It’s almost Thanksgiving.  Holidays are just packed with new listening and spoken language opportunities but sometimes, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, we lose these precious teaching moments.  Here are some tips for making the most of everyday learning opportunities during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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