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: Building Speech Skills Through Listening

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.

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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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Beyond Books: Bringing Literacy to Life in Therapy and at Home: WEBINAR RECORDING

See below for a recording of my November 2015 presentation for Cochlear and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children/Renwick Centre “Beyond Books: Bringing Literacy to Life in Therapy and at Home.” [CC]

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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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Mind Your Manners!

“Say please.” “What’s the magic word?” “Tell Joshua you’re sorry.” Most parents of toddlers and preschoolers have said these phrases more times than they can count. Manners are an important part of social functioning, and everyone wants to raise a well-behaved child, but are we defeating the purpose when we insist that our early talkers use these words?

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Acoustic Highlighting

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!

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