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

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Complex and Challenging Cases: WEBINAR RECORDING

See below for a recording of my May 2016 presentation for Cochlear and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children/Renwick Centre “Complex and Challenging Cases” [CC]

 

Falling into a Hole

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.

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Why I Stopped Saying “Good”

In my completely unbiased opinion, I work with some of the best children, families, and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist candidates in the world.  But this year, I’ve decided to stop telling them that they’re doing a good job.  Here’s why…

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WEBINAR: AVT Jumpstart!

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!

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WEBINAR 2/16/2016: One Lesson, Five Levels

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.

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WEBINAR 6/7/2016: Oral Bilingualism

Many of today’s children with hearing loss are growing up in homes and communities where they are exposed to multiple spoken languages. This presentation will address the issues involved in helping these children communicate effectively in diverse linguistic environments: foundations of bilingual language acquisition, common challenges, engaging families from minority languages and cultures, and how monolingual therapists can work effectively with families who speak another language.

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WEBINAR 5/3/2016: Complex and Challenging Cases

Children with multiple disabilities. Malformed cochleae. Late diagnosis. Impoverished family situation. Low parental involvement. Regression. Slow progress. What’s a therapist to do?

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Graduation: When Do We Finish with Therapy?

Long ago, many children with hearing loss received “speech therapy” well into their teen years and beyond.  Thanks to newborn hearing screening, early intervention, and great hearing technology, the world is changing!  Now, we find ourselves asking, “When is a child with hearing loss ready to graduate from auditory-verbal therapy?”  More correctly, because therapy is a family affair, we should really ask, “When is a family ready to graduate from AVT?”

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Are You Flexible?

Accomplished language users know that there are multiple ways to communicate the same message.  You could say, “I’m hungry” or I could say, “I’m starving/ famished/ peckish”  You could bluntly accuse someone of overreacting or gently prod them with, “Hey!  Don’t have a cow!”  You could ask a question directly, “Can you please turn on the air conditioning?” or as an indirect request, “It’s kind of hot in here, don’t you think?”  You may not be able to do the splits, but if you can say one thing in many different ways, you have an even more valuable skill: linguistic flexibility.

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