Why I Don’t Worry About Vocal Quality

This may sound shocking, coming from an Auditory Verbal Therapist, but I don’t lose sleep at night over whether a child’s speech sounds “deaf” or not.  Yup.  You read it correctly.  Why???

AG Bell 2008: Sunday Concurrent Sessions

LOVE DOES HAPPEN AT AG BELL So this might not have been the most informative session I attended all weekend, but it was certainly the most enjoyable!  “Love Happens” was a panel discussion led by three couples, all of whom met at or through AG Bell.  They told the adorable stories of how they metContinue reading “AG Bell 2008: Sunday Concurrent Sessions”

AG Bell 2008: Monday Concurrent Sessions

EMPOWERING FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS AND OF LOW SES Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Renate Schultz, B.A. (University of Chicago), and Dana Suskind, M.D. (University of Chicago)

Music Activities

Music and singing are wonderful ways to make learning fun for any child, but for a child with hearing loss, the benefits of music are even greater.  The changes in pitch and intonation in music can help children learn to experiment with their voice and articulators to develop even more natural prosody.  Songs are also a large partContinue reading “Music Activities”

Free Activities

There’s no need to break the bank when it comes to finding good sources of therapy ideas.  The best lessons in speaking and listening can come from things you already have at home.  In fact, I would argue that not only can you find good therapy resources at home, you should!  Children need to learn that listening and speakingContinue reading “Free Activities”

Grammatical Morphemes

Morphemes are the smallest parts of language that carry meaning.  Some are “free”, like “cat” or “walk”… those aren’t too hard to learn.  It’s “bound” morphemes, those tiny qualifiers like “-ing” or “-s” that can be added on to free morphemes that cause all the trouble!  Bound morphemes are tricky, but they also play a BIGContinue reading “Grammatical Morphemes”