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 looking for some guidance on the qualities you should look for in a prospective mentor, here you go! Presenting… the LSLS Mentor Quality Checklist!
We may be socially distant, but we can still learn together. Join me for my Fall 2020 Webinar Series!
9/23/2020 8PM EST: Listen Up How can professionals help parents learn about their children’s hearing loss and the importance of all-waking-hours access to sound if listening and spoken language are the desired outcome? Learn how to convey this information in a variety of compelling, understandable ways to suit a variety of parent and family needs. REGISTER HERE
10/14/2020 8PM EST: Super Sessions
From planning to implementation to charting, I’ll share my tips and tricks for setting goals, choosing activities, and making sessions run smoothly. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions. REGISTER HERE
11/18/2020 8PM EST: Social Skills Activities
Children with hearing loss may struggle with social skills, even if they have age-appropriate speech and language. Learn simple activities to target a variety of social skills (Theory of Mind, conversational repair, etc.) for everyone from babies to high schoolers. REGISTER HERE
12/2/2020 8PM EST: Case Studies
I’ll dig into my archives to share case studies that touch upon clinicians’ most common concerns: bilingual oral language learners, children with multiple disabilities, children who receive hearing technology late, and more. Walk through these cases with me and gain insights that can help you with the children and families you serve. REGISTER HERE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I can’t make it at that time! Will these webinars be available on demand?
Yes! You will need to register for the session before the live event date (just as if you were planning to attend live). After the event is finished, you will receive a link to watch the recording.
Are CEUs offered?
AG Bell LSLS CEs are pending. For ASHA members, this counts as an “acceptable professional development” activity and can be counted toward certification maintenance (see more on this HERE). All participants will receive a certificate of completion as documentation for other certification purposes.
Are the webinars captioned?
Of course! Google’s automated captions will be used for the webinars.
In Part One of this series, I introduced the concept of Theory of Mind (ToM) and why children with hearing loss are at risk to struggle with this particular aspect of cognitive development. Now, let’s dive in to what we can do to help build ToM abilities in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We’ll start with my favorite thing to do in Auditory Verbal Therapy — read a book! Continue reading
Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to understand that other people’s thoughts, desires, motivations, and preferences are not the same as our own. Babies begin life seeing everyone in the world as an extension of themselves (which makes sense, because for the past nine months, they basically were!). Toddlers might not realize that even if they say, “I didn’t eat the cookie,” the chocolate around their mouths tells a different story. Young children may have difficulty dealing with the fact that not everyone wants to play their favorite game or talk about their favorite topics 24/7. But as we grow, typically-developing people begin to learn the boundaries between “my thoughts” and “others’ thoughts” and use that Theory of Mind to navigate social situations. If Theory of Mind doe snot develop, or does not develop fully, social difficulties can follow. People with autism generally struggle with this “mind blindness,” which might not be so shocking, but did you know that children with hearing loss are at particular risk for ToM difficulty, too?
Join me on Thursday July 30, 2020 from 9AM-12N Eastern Standard Time (or view on-demand after the live date) for a webinar on THRIVING with Teletherapy in 2020 and beyond! The workshop costs US$40 and you can register HERE.