A Balanced Plate

 

Nutritionists advise diners to think about building a “balanced plate” of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables for every meal.  Eating too much of one thing isn’t good for your health!  An Auditory Verbal session can be imagined in the same way.  Too much focus on one type of goal or activity doesn’t help children achieve the well-rounded communicative competence that we want them to have.  So, how do you build a balanced plate in an AV session?

Continue reading

Advertisements

Music, Art, Theatre, and Dance Lessons for Children with Hearing Loss

There are many benefits of music, theater, art, and dance education for all.  Arts education is linked to improved focus and behavior, academic achievement, higher SAT scores, and a host of other benefits.  The positive cognitive, creative, physical, social effects are undeniable.  But what about arts education for children with hearing loss? 

Continue reading

GENERAL SESSION – KEYNOTE SPEAKER

David Sousa, Ed.D.

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

Complex and Challenging Cases: WEBINAR RECORDING

See below for a recording of my May 2016 presentation for Cochlear and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children/Renwick Centre “Complex and Challenging Cases” [CC]

 

WEBINAR: AVT Jumpstart!

Are you a parent considering Auditory Verbal Therapy for your child?  Are you a professional considering pursing Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification?  Are you a speech-language pathologist with deaf children on your caseload?  Are you a teacher of the deaf looking to brush up on your spoken language strategies?  This webinar is for YOU!

Continue reading

Redundancy, Redundancy, Redundancy

Think of your brain as a library.  Every experience you’ve had, everything you’ve learned, read, seen, heard, tasted, felt, every good and bad memory, all stored on shelves for your reference.  When you encounter something new, you can go back to your library for help understanding it and use things you know from the past to help you make sense of this new information. 

Continue reading

WEBINAR 11/10/2015: More Than Just Ears: Hearing Loss, Balance, and Mental Health

Join me on Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 7PM EST for “More Than Just Ears: Hearing Loss, Balance, and Mental Health” a free webinar sponsored by Ear Gear and offered for continuing education credit from the International Hearing Society.  Register below!

Continue reading

Graduation: When Do We Finish with Therapy?

Long ago, many children with hearing loss received “speech therapy” well into their teen years and beyond.  Thanks to newborn hearing screening, early intervention, and great hearing technology, the world is changing!  Now, we find ourselves asking, “When is a child with hearing loss ready to graduate from auditory-verbal therapy?”  More correctly, because therapy is a family affair, we should really ask, “When is a family ready to graduate from AVT?”

Continue reading

Are You Flexible?

Accomplished language users know that there are multiple ways to communicate the same message.  You could say, “I’m hungry” or I could say, “I’m starving/ famished/ peckish”  You could bluntly accuse someone of overreacting or gently prod them with, “Hey!  Don’t have a cow!”  You could ask a question directly, “Can you please turn on the air conditioning?” or as an indirect request, “It’s kind of hot in here, don’t you think?”  You may not be able to do the splits, but if you can say one thing in many different ways, you have an even more valuable skill: linguistic flexibility.

Continue reading

[WEBINAR] More Than Just Ears: Hearing Loss, Balance, and Mental Health in Seniors

Please join me for a webinar on Tuesday June 16th at 7PM Eastern Standard Time.  More Than Just Ears: Hearing Loss, Balance, and Mental Health in Seniors is a FREE webinar sponsored by Ear Gear and accredited by the International Hearing Society for continuing education credit.  Coming this fall — stay tuned!

Continue reading