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 →
Fickenscher and Garber shared their four pillars of mentoring, asking the audience questions that prompted self-reflection on the role of mentors and mentees as “learning partners” during the LSLS certification process. Continue reading →
David Sousa shared insights from the field of educational neuroscience, which combines psychology, neuroscience, and pedagogy to study the interaction between mind, brain, and education. With technology influencing nearly every aspect of our lives, how has this changed the way children relate and learn? Continue reading →