Thursday, September 21, 2017

Auditory Hierarchy Minimal Pair Cards

Have you seen this new resource for working on (or collecting data on) auditory discrimination that was recently published by my friend and colleague Kristine Ratliff? It includes colorful and engaging 228 minimal pair cards differing by sound feature. The minimal pair cards were designed using the Auditory Discrimination Hierarchy known as the Listening Ladder created by Dave Sindrey, M.Cl.Sc., LSLS Cert. AVT. 

The hierarchy begins at level 1, with sounds differing by duration, intensity and pitch. It progresses by difficulty though ten steps, ending with discrimination of words with final consonants differing by place of articulation.

I downloaded my minimal pair cards on my iPad so they are easily accessible and it saves on ink and printing.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

LOFT Graduate Wins National Miss Amazing

Megan Swanson, one of my AV graduates was recognized in the AG Bell Associations' Featured News for winning the 2017 National Miss Amazing Miss Title.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SEPTEMBER - Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

Click HERE to download the free SEPTEMBER printable calendar with daily Listening and Spoken Language suggestions for families from the Moog Center.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Free Professional Development Courses from CID

Did you hear CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF online learning courses For Professional Development is now FREE? Watch ALL of CID's online learning courses on the website! CID made this change to ensure more professionals have access to the information they need to support students with hearing loss. Click the following link to view all of the available topics:

Monday, August 21, 2017

ASHA Leader Tips to Involve Parents and AVT Principles

Did you read the article in the ASHA Leader yesterday? My 4 Favorite Tips to Involve Parents in Treatment August 17, 2017, By Jonathan Suarez?  It corresponds with our Auditory Verbal Principles of guiding and coaching families.

Jonathan Suarez, MS, CCC-SLP,  shares that SLPs are experts in speech and language development whereas, parents, however, are experts on their child.  Like LSL practitioners Jonathan suggests we take advantage of this time and teach the parent simple ways to help their child every day.

He wrote about a child who had SLP sessions twice a week for 18 months which comes out to 156 sessions.

Jonathan said,  "If I went to 156:

personal training sessions, then I better be all muscle.

cooking lessons, then I should cook like a master chef.

college courses, I could earn at least two degrees, maybe three.

coached basketball practices, I might finally accomplish my life-long goal of being an NBA player.

finally, as a parent, if I attended 156 speech-language sessions, I hope I learned enough to help my child work on the concepts at home."

I thought this was an illustration we can share with parents or colleagues who still believe more therapy must be better.  We know that coaching parents and getting other family members involved usually allows the child to make faster progress.

Click HERE to read the

Saturday, August 19, 2017

THIS IS WHY - I'm an Audiologist and an Auditory Verbal Therapist

Today, Bryn, Lauren, and Megan tell their own stories and we no longer have to convince naysayers that children who are deaf and hard of hearing can listen and speak. 

Auditory Verbal Family Picnic
Bryn Spejcher, Chelsea & Lauren O'Brien and Megan Swanson

It is a privilege
 to be a trusted member and walk beside families
 on their listening and spoken language journey.

Bryn, Megan and Lauren at AG Bell LOFT 2008
Leadership Opportunities For Teens 

Over 20 years later. Amazing, successful woman
 who I am blessed to call dear friends.

Bryn Spejcher and Lynn Wood
Lauren O'Brien, Lynn Wood and Megan Swanson

Listening and Spoken Language therapy makes it possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk, which powers language, literacy and lifetime success. _

Friday, August 18, 2017

YouTubers - Make a Back To School Video With Tips For Hearing At School

So you want to be a YouTube Star. Here's your chance. 


Listen to Monrovia share her 3-minute video, then create your own video with your back to school hearing loss tips for the teachers.

If you up for the challenge make a video for the kids at school! 

Send me the link and I will post it! 

You'll be on your way to stardom!