The Sound Advice article and accompanying mural was was created by
David Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc, LSLS Cert. AVT. It is available for download in The Listening Room which
has many rehabilitation and educational resources offered by Phonak and
you need to create a free account. Then once in,
One of my little listeners asked me if I like PJ Masks. I began sharing about shopping at TJ Maxx. I asked him to listen and identify auditory highlighted /p / vs /t/. I went on to auditory highlight max vs mask. He promptly found his backpack, turned around and... I understood!
I recently responded to this question posed in the Hearing First Professional Learning Community and shared this reply.
I just opened a few of my therapy closets and here is what I saw in no particular order. I prefer traditional toys that are open-ended and use no batteries for young children. Preschool Toys and books for are often an easy find at a resale shop. Over the years many families have given me their must-have AVT toys that their child has outgrown and I passed them on to new Little Listeners.
Buckets, cups, spoons for water or digging in styrofoam peanuts, colored rice…
Early music instrument set - tambourine, drum…
Jumbo cardboard blocks by Melissa and Doug
Toys related to songs, nursery rhymes and storybooks
Blankets for tents
Tunnels or tents
Beanie Babies and puppets
Balls - all sizes
Farm, zoo, pet shop toys
Wind Up toys
Simple riding toys
Wooden and cloth blocks
Play food - play kitchen, store or restaurant
Water play toys - from bath toys to dishes for washing
Fisher Price Little People Sets (vintage is best)
Wooden beads (animals or vehicle) threading
Stacking and Nesting Cup Sets
Cars, trucks, buses, boats
Basic train set with track
Mr. Potato Head
Dress up clothes
Babydoll/baby blankets, baby food/bottles, and diaper bag contents
I am so excited to share that Anthony Alfano, one of my AV graduates is featured in Lighthouses on the Mag Mile, a public art display celebrating access and inclusion for people with disabilities from The Chicago Lighthouse Deaf-Blind Program . Fifty-one 6 foot lighthouse sculptures on North Michigan Avenue are catching the public’s eye and capture their hearts this summer.
Anthony is pictured as King Cole the merry old soul. His chair became his throne as he calls for his pipe, bowl and fiddlers three. Rich Green’s illustrations on the lighthouse will be soon to be published book, Chicago Treasure that features photos of children from all over Chicago in leading roles of classic fairy tales, nursery rhymes and folk tales. Proceeds from sales will be donated to The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, and Access Living.
Summer and the swimming go hand in hand for many families with young children. The opportunity for maximizingListening and Spoken Language (LSL) learning is immense and cumulative for water-loving families over an entire summer. Early in June, I often coach parents/caregivers and we brainstorm and plan together LSL goals to target while they are enjoying the pool and related routines. The child’s age and goals dictate the activities and strategies. I help families understand and take advantage of water-resistant hearing technology and related gear/equipment.
For home-based LSL auditory verbal intervention the backyard plastic pool is equally as effective as play-based clinic therapy with a container of water and pool themed manipulatives or in my case, I am fortunate to have a Fisher Price Little People pool.
A few of the pool related LSL vocabulary themed areas I’ve targeted with families involve:
Packing a bag to go to the pool or grabbing a suit, towel, and toys for the backyard
What’s goes in the bag or what do we need for our pool? (Towels, sunscreen, hats, shovels… )
Putting on a swimsuit or dressing a doll (The straps go over your shoulders.)
Rubbing sunscreen on your toes vs. nose. Body parts vocabulary expansion - forehead, cheeks…
The weather –> sunny, too hot, cloudy, bright, humid, breezy
The water–> warm/cool; deep/shallow; sink/float; above, below or under
Pool/ sand toys –> and related activities (splashing, digging, castles…)
Pool snacks or a picnic lunch –> popsicles, ice cream sandwiches...
Swimsuit, bathing suit, bikini, trunks…
Barefoot –> shoes, sandals, flipflops, water shoes
Pool related words/phrases that sound similar to little listeners such as – sun, sunny, sunscreen, sunburn, suntan, sunglasses…
Old MacDonald had a pool E I E I O. And in that pool her had a toy boat.. with a ppppp…
Motor Boat, Motor Boat Song ( goes so fast, slow, goes around and around…)