It is so exciting to read about people with hearing loss in the news accomplishing great things. Academic award winners, artists, actors, athletes — their stories raise public awareness about hearing loss and dispel stereotypes about people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Conversely, there are those people with hearing loss who struggle mightily — never achieving age-appropriate language abilities, falling behind in school, or failing to find employment. With such a broad spectrum of outcomes for people with hearing loss, how do we make sense of it all?
When I help children learn language, I want them to fall into a really deep hole. It’s not as mean as it sounds! By thinking about learning new skills as “falling into a hole” vs. “climbing into a mountain,” we, parents and professionals, can structure our play with children to help them learn more while struggling less. Here’s how it works.
A child with hearing loss may visit the audiologist once every few months, or, for an older child, only for a yearly check up. In contrast, these same children often see their therapists much, much more frequently (an average Auditory Verbal Therapy family receives one hour of therapy each week). How can therapists (and teachers) partner with audiologists to make the child’s audiological information relevant each and every day, not just during periodic audiology appointments? We know hearing is the key to developing spoken language, so how do we make this information understandable and valuable to families each day?
Forget the flashcards, ditch the drills. You can help children with hearing loss develop beautiful, natural speech skills through listening and play! This webinar will cover the essentials behind the theory of speech acoustics and how parents and professionals can use this information to use listening to develop speech. Best of all, there are no flashcards involved! You’ll learn fun, easy activities that you can use at home or in therapy to help children learn to speak clearly.
Are you a parent considering Auditory Verbal Therapy for your child? Are you a professional considering pursing Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification? Are you a speech-language pathologist with deaf children on your caseload? Are you a teacher of the deaf looking to brush up on your spoken language strategies? This webinar is for YOU!
How can you choose one book and one set of toys a week and make them work for ALL of your patients? How can professionals working with groups of children make one lesson effective for children at various levels? How can parents choose toys that will help their children grow speech and language skills for years to come? Join me as we answer all of these questions and more in an exciting webinar — One Lesson, Five Levels: Adapting Materials for a Variety of Learners.
How can we make the words we say easier for our children with hearing loss to hear, understand, and use themselves? One technique you can pull out of your toolkit is Acoustic Highlighting. What is it and why does it work? How and when do you do it? Get your highlighters ready, let’s learn!
Join me on Monday 10/12/2015 at 7PM EST for a webinar on developing speech skills through listening. We’ll discuss articulation development, suggested activities, and special concerns like apraxia and bilingual language learners. This presentation is appropriate for parents and professionals, and qualifies for 1CE credit from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. Group discounts are available for five or more people registering from the same organization. Contact me if you are interested.