Aim for the Middle

It is so exciting to read about people with hearing loss in the news accomplishing great things.  Academic award winners, artists, actors, athletes — their stories raise public awareness about hearing loss and dispel stereotypes about people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Conversely, there are those people with hearing loss who struggle mightily —Continue reading “Aim for the Middle”

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!


Enjoy this recording of my 3/25/2015 webinar for the Cochlear HOPE series, “The Catch-Up Game: Working with Children Who Receive Cochlear Implants Late.” Click CC in the lower right corner for captions. 

WEBINAR 4/30/2015: Beginning with Babies: Hearing Technology, Family Counseling, and Early Language Development

    SPACES ARE LIMITED.  REGISTER TODAY! UPDATE 4/17/2015:  Registration is now full.  Due to the high level of interest in this program, we may be offering an encore of the webinar in May.  Stay tuned!  

Frequently Asked Questions About Hearing Loss and Education

Here are some of the questions I hear most frequently regarding students with hearing loss and their education, from preschool to college graduation and beyond!

Do You Teach Lipreading?

When I tell people that my job is teaching children with hearing loss to listen and talk without the use of sign language, it usually stops people in their tracks for a minute.  The first question I usually get is, “How?” which leads to a whole discussion about the auditory brain.  The second most frequentlyContinue reading “Do You Teach Lipreading?”

How to Give a Communication Options Talk… Without Doing Most of the Talking

One of my favorite things to do as an Auditory Verbal Therapist is to meet with families of newly identified children for their initial evaluation.  It’s such a privilege for me to be able to walk alongside families as they take their first tentative steps into the world of hearing loss.  Thanks to universal newbornContinue reading “How to Give a Communication Options Talk… Without Doing Most of the Talking”

Why Not Baby Signs?

Even parents who have chosen a listening and spoken language outcome for their children often ask, “Should we use baby signs?” just to fill the gap during the time from identification to cochlear implantation, or identification to those first spoken words.  If you’re to believe the media hype, every parent, those of children with and withoutContinue reading “Why Not Baby Signs?”

Dominican Republic 2011: Part II

On day two at the school, I started by learning some great new songs that I can’t wait to bring back and modify for English speakers!  Then, I observed a reading lesson.  It was very clear to me how much the teachers cared for their students, but it was equally clear that there are manyContinue reading “Dominican Republic 2011: Part II”