Fall 2020 Webinar Series

We may be socially distant, but we can still learn together.  Join me for my Fall 2020 Webinar Series!

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.

 

ToM Part 1: Theory of Mind and Children with Hearing Loss

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?

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Three Bears, Thirty Ways

When I coach other professionals, I tell them to work smarter, not harder!  I like to pick just one book and make it work for ALL of the children I see in a week.  My schedule is filled with listeners of all different ages, developmental levels, and needs, but with some creative thinking, you can take a classic story like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and find a gold mine of goals inside.  Here are THIRTY ways to make the Three Bears work for (nearly) everyone on your caseload. 

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A Balanced Plate

 

Nutritionists advise diners to think about building a “balanced plate” of proteins, carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables for every meal.  Eating too much of one thing isn’t good for your health!  An Auditory Verbal session can be imagined in the same way.  Too much focus on one type of goal or activity doesn’t help children achieve the well-rounded communicative competence that we want them to have.  So, how do you build a balanced plate in an AV session?

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HELP! My Child Won’t Wear His Cochlear Implant Processor!

This is a common question (more like agonized wail) I hear from parents, both in person and online.  You go through the entire process of CI candidacy and surgery, and then… the child doesn’t want to (or just plain won’t) wear the cochlear implant processor.  Where do we go from here!?!

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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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Co-Managing Behavior with Parents

Behavior is a tricky, touchy subject.  Every family parents differently and has different experiences, expectations, and emotions regarding how best to help children learn to behave within the norms of their family and culture.  Usually, parents are the primary disciplinarians, the ones setting the standards for their children and dealing with the tantrums, disagreements, and power struggles that are a normal part of growing up.  But when a child’s behavior needs spill over into a therapy session, how can professionals and parents partner for success?

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ADVANCING PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IN POVERTY

Susan Lenihan Ph.D., CED

Jenna Voss Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Colleen Kinsella

Approximately 1 in 5 children in the US live in poverty.  How can listening and spoken language professionals better serve them?   Continue reading

GENERAL SESSION – KEYNOTE SPEAKER

David Sousa, Ed.D.

David Sousa shared insights from the field of educational neuroscience, which combines psychology, neuroscience, and pedagogy to study the interaction between mind, brain, and education.  With technology influencing nearly every aspect of our lives, how has this changed the way children relate and learn? Continue reading

PARENTAL PERSPECTIVES: FUELING SUCCESS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM

Melanie Ribich

Kat Golden

Wendy Horvath

Tammy Kenny

Cynthia Logsdon

A panel of parents of children with hearing loss who listen and talk shared their experiences, tips, and wisdom.  They had so many great quotes and insights, I’m just going to list them below.  Their comments say far more than I ever could!   Continue reading