Sometimes I am working with a family, or speaking to a mentee who is working with a family, of a child who is exhibiting significant delays. Perhaps the child’s technology is poorly programmed, infrequently used, or both. Maybe the child’s educational and therapeutic situation leaves a lot to be desired. Whatever the cause(s), this childContinue reading “Putting Out Fires (Or, “Why Some Families Don’t Seem to Care About Things that Professionals Think Are Important…”)”
Are you considering Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification? One of the first steps is to reach out to a mentor — someone currently certified who will work with you over the 3-5 year candidacy period. A good mentoring relationship can be transformative for your career. A bad mentoring relationship? Yikes… If you’re lookingContinue reading “LSLS Mentor Quality Checklist”
This summer I had the opportunity to present with some incredible friends and colleagues at the 2018 AG Bell Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Below are PDFs of the slides from our presentations. Enjoy!
As Auditory Verbal Therapists, our job is not to evaluate or judge parents, but rather to guide and coach. How can we best offer feedback that validates families’ effectiveness at helping their children grow?
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, orContinue reading “It’s All About Listening/ It’s Not All About Listening”
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,Continue reading “Guide and Coach”
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!
Sherri Fickenscher M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd Ashley Garber M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT 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.
It’s very tempting to feel that you need to be “doing therapy” every waking hour of every day for your child to make progress. If you can do this, on top of cooking meals, doing laundry, working, and taking care of siblings, you are Superparent! But here are some tips for the rest of us…
Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, Auditory-Verbal Consultancy Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT Mary Boucher Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Listen and Learn Auditory-Verbal Communication Center, Inc.