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 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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The Observation Challenge

Peek into an Auditory Verbal Therapy session, and you’re likely to see a whirlwind of activity: playing games, cooking snacks, reading books, and talking, talking, talking.  There’s a lot of doing happening, but there’s something to be said for what we don’t do, too.

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WEBINAR 11/24/2015: Beyond Books: Bringing Literacy to Life in Therapy and at Home


Join me for a webinar sponsored by Cochlear and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children – Renwick Centre entitled “Beyond Books: Bringing Literacy to Life in Therapy and At Home” at 8PM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday November 24th, 2015.  The course is free and you can attend online from home, wherever you live.  Attendees can earn one unit of continuing education (1CE) from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.  REGISTER HERE.

Observing vs. Mindreading

When a child is very young and/or doesn’t talk much (… yet!) it seems like we (parents and professionals) suddenly seem to develop psychic abilities.  Mindreading means anticipating the child’s need or what the child is going to say, and taking care of it before giving the child a chance to ask for help or say anything at all.  While mindreading a baby’s needs is an important part of infant care, to help toddlers and children develop language, it’s time to put away the crystal ball.

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I Do Not Run a Pet Shop: Dogs, Parrots, and Auditory Verbal Therapy

Helping a child with hearing loss learn to listen and talk can be a lot of fun, but when the going gets tough, it’s easy to slip into patterns that we think are helping us but are really pushing us further from our goal.  Parents and professionals can be equally guilty of these bad habits.  What are they and how can we prevent them and lead to real, lasting language growth?  Let’s start with a trip to the pet shop…

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Enjoy this recording of my 3/25/2015 webinar for the Cochlear HOPE series, “The Catch-Up Game: Working with Children Who Receive Cochlear Implants Late.” Click CC in the lower right corner for captions. 

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WEBINAR 4/30/2015: Beginning with Babies: Hearing Technology, Family Counseling, and Early Language Development





UPDATE 4/17/2015:  Registration is now full.  Due to the high level of interest in this program, we may be offering an encore of the webinar in May.  Stay tuned!


Playing Tricks in Therapy

Serious, boring therapy?  No thank you!  Practical jokes can be a lot of fun, but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a wealth of listening and language goals, too.  Let’s talk about sabotage, theory of mind, jokes, and helping children with hearing loss develop a sense of humor.

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Ling Six Sound Check

If a hearing aid, cochlear implant, or Baha has good batteries, then it should be working, right?  Not so fast.  The Ling Six Sound Check is a simple tool we use to ensure that hearing devices are working and giving the listener access to the sounds of speech.  Six sounds, okay… what could be complicated about that?  Let’s break it down and look at the science behind this simple check that carries a whole lot of weight.

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