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 without hearing loss, is doing it.  So what could be the problem?

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Lies, D*mned Lies, and Statistics: How to Understand Research

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, d*mned lies, and statistics.”  — Mark Twain

It can certainly seem that way, can’t it?  Most people are not given the opportunity to take a rigorous research methods class over the course of their educational careers, and even our high schools rarely teach students the skills they need to be informed consumers of the research and statistics that surround us every day.  When confronted with the sea of information on hearing loss, communication modes, and amplification options, what’s a parent of a child with hearing loss to do?

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AG Bell 2014: Concurrent Sessions

In this recap: Complicated Cochlear Implant Cases and Evidence Based Data to Support Early Cochlear Implantation

Complicated Cochlear Implant Cases
Ted Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., CCC-A

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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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AG Bell 2012: Ling’s Legacy Short Course

Ling’s Legacy: Speech in the 21st Century
Mary D. McGinnis, Ph.D.c, LSLS Cert. AVT. John Tracy Clinic
Dimity Dornan, AM, A/Prof UQ, PhD UQ, HonDUniv USQ, BSpThy, FSPAA, CpSp, LSLS Cert AVT. Hear and Say Centre
Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT. University of Akron
Christina Perigoe, Ph.D., CED, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT. University of Southern Mississippi

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Bilingual Oral Language Learners

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on bilingual speech-language pathology.  As the United States becomes more diverse, more and more SLPs and other professionals are facing caseloads with clients who are not native English speakers.

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