Living Room Idol

Whether you love singing or wouldn’t be caught dead singing in the shower, singing is a terrific way to help your child with hearing loss learn important listening and spoken language skills.  You don’t have to be an award-winning singer to build your child’s brain through music. 

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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? 

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Celebrating Hearing Birthdays

Hearing is an incredible gift, and one that people with hearing loss and their families do not take for granted.  Here are some ideas for how to make your “Hearing Birthday” (the anniversary of your/your child’s CI activation or the day you/your child received HAs or Baha) special.

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AG Bell 2014: Maximizing Brain Adaptability Research Symposium

Maximizing Brain Adaptability: Enhancing Listening for Language Development, Speech Perception, and Music Appreciation

 Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication 

Kate Gfeller, Ph.D., University of Iowa, School of Music

Pamela Souza, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication 

Emily Tobey, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences 

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The Wheels On the Bus Activity

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round,

Round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town!

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Music Activities

Music and singing are wonderful ways to make learning fun for any child, but for a child with hearing loss, the benefits of music are even greater.  The changes in pitch and intonation in music can help children learn to experiment with their voice and articulators to develop even more natural prosody.  Songs are also a large part of most preschool and kindergarten curricula, so music experiences in the home can help prepare children for experiences in the mainstream classroom.

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