In Auditory Verbal Therapy, we want children to learn to listen all the time, but we don’t want them to focus just on listening. We focus on audition, but we don’t focus only on audition. Listening is an important factor, but it’s not the only factor. So which is it — is AVT all about listening, or not?
Imagine you and your child have been given tickets to a performance of the greatest magic show on earth. The tricks are astounding, the special effects magnificent, and you’re sure to be dazzled. How would you choose to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
I hear (and see — on social media) this phrase all the time. Parents who choose amplification and listening and spoken language for their children are reminded by not-so-kind strangers, “She’ll always be deaf, you know…”
Did you know that babies practice talking long before they say their first words. This week’s tip, BABBLE MATTERS, is about the importance of baby’s coos and goos. As it turns out, goo goo ga ga isn’t just adorable, it’s the foundation for later language success.
Join me for the 2016 AV Challenge! Each week for the next four weeks, I’ll be posting a research-based tip that parents and caregivers can use to help their children with hearing loss develop listening and spoken language skills.
An Auditory Verbal Therapist wears many hats: insurance company negotiator, toy cleaner, language sample transcriber, amateur children’s literature critic… and sometimes an actual funny hat or two in a game of dress up. And though I think I look spectacular in a princess tiara, my two favorite roles, the ones I’m most honored to have, are those of Guide and Coach to the families who honor me by allowing me to be a part of their child’s team.
Behavior is a tricky, touchy subject. Every family parents differently and has different experiences, expectations, and emotions regarding how best to help children learn to behave within the norms of their family and culture. Usually, parents are the primary disciplinarians, the ones setting the standards for their children and dealing with the tantrums, disagreements, and power struggles that are a normal part of growing up. But when a child’s behavior needs spill over into a therapy session, how can professionals and parents partner for success?
Do you remember choosing teams in middle school gym class or for games of pickup basketball on the playground? With my short height, lack of coordination, and two left feet, I’ll admit, I was usually chosen last! Fortunately, as an adult, I’ve had the privilege to be chosen for a very different kind of team: the team that parents and families choose to help them achieve their goals for their child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
Are you a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) candidate planning to sit for the exam this summer (or just want to get a jump on your studying)? Join a virtual study session to sharpen your skills and prepare for success!
I think that care and compassion motivate most people to enter helping fields like audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education. We want to make a difference, and we are on a mission to save the world! But is that always a good thing? Continue reading →