I Do Not Run a Pet Shop: Dogs, Parrots, and Auditory Verbal Therapy

Helping a child with hearing loss learn to listen and talk can be a lot of fun, but when the going gets tough, it’s easy to slip into patterns that we think are helping us but are really pushing us further from our goal.  Parents and professionals can be equally guilty of these bad habits.  What are they and how can we prevent them and lead to real, lasting language growth?  Let’s start with a trip to the pet shop…

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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. 

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“Too Early” to Mainstream a Child with Hearing Loss?

One of the parents in my practice, the mother of a bright, early-identified, early-amplified, thriving AV toddler, was discussing her son’s preschool options.  Should he enroll in a local class for children with hearing loss, or attend the neighborhood preschool with his hearing peers.  “I wonder,” the mother asked, “is it ever “too early” to mainstream?”

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





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!


Playing Tricks in Therapy

Serious, boring therapy?  No thank you!  Practical jokes can be a lot of fun, but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a wealth of listening and language goals, too.  Let’s talk about sabotage, theory of mind, jokes, and helping children with hearing loss develop a sense of humor.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: Free Webinars for Parents and Professionals

I am excited to be partnering with some great organizations this spring to give two FREE webinars for parents and professionals.  Both events also offer 1CE credit from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.  See below for more information and links to register for the courses.

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I’m Not a Big Talker… So How Can I Help My Child Become One?

Some parents were born for Auditory Verbal Therapy.  Even before discovering that their child was deaf or hard of hearing, they had the gift of gab.  These are the people who could talk to anyone, never lack the right thing to say, and love having long conversations with friends.  But not everyone is like that.  What if you’re a quieter type.  Can AVT still work for your family?  How can parents who aren’t big talkers still help their children develop speech, listening, and language?  

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Cooking Up Therapy

Cooking is a great thing to do in therapy for many reasons.  It’s a hands-on, multi-sensory experience that most children really enjoy.  Making food is part of any child’s everyday routine, it’s engaging, and you get to eat the fruits of your labor!    What’s not to like?  If you’re stuck in a therapy rut, or just looking for something new to do, why not move your lesson into the kitchen (or bring the kitchen into your therapy room) and cook up some great speech, language, and listening fun?

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Plateaus, Valleys, Plains and Mountains: Measuring Progress

We know that getting a cochlear implant is not an instant fix.  Speech, language, and listening skills do not magically appear after activation, and progress is on everyone’s minds.  How does progress happen?  How much is enough?  How fast?  What should we do if things aren’t working out as planned?  

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The Waiting Game

Many auditory verbal techniques are not rocket science.  They’re simple suggestions and tweaks to your everyday routines — little changes that can make a BIG difference in your child’s ability to listen and talk.  What’s one of the hardest of these little challenges?  Learning how (and when) to wait!

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