Sunday, April 15, 2018

Remarkable Scripps National Spelling Bee Contestant

Do you remember my friend, Neil Maes the incredibly talented fifth-grader who made it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016? This year on March 3rd (National Hearing Day), Neil competed at Regionals and was 2nd place!!!! The winner goes to the National Bee in May 2018.

Neil is an amazing speller, with an incredible vocabulary, high literacy and so happens to have been born deaf. His mastery of spoken language and literacy is a result the fierce determination of his parents Peter and Christy.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Megan Swanson AVT- Netflix Nailed It Contestant

Megan Swanson, Miss Amazing strikes again. Watch Megan this time star on the Netflix Show, Nailed It. Season 1 Episode 4. Megan hears with a cochlear implant, is one of my LSL Auditory Verbal Graduates, an AG Bell Loft Alumnus and won Miss Amazing Miss 2017. Megan is an "amazing" role model for others listening and spoken language. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Freestyle Gold Medal Winner Listens With Hearing Aids

Congratulations to Caleb who won the Gold Medal in the 25-meter freestyle🥇and now going to state! When not in the pool Caleb wears hearing aids and was on my caseload for many years. 
Proud of you Caleb!

Friday, March 2, 2018

MARCH Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Mom's Story and Not Being Thankful

 A must read blog post beautifully written and posted this week in Coffee + Crumbs which is a "collection of stories about motherhood, love, and the good kind of heartache".
Colleen Powell, mom to Liam shares her personal story, thoughts, and emotions about her journey with cochlear implants for a listening and spoken language outcome. For me, this article was such a reminder of what parents go through - not always what we think they will. 
How as LSL professionals do you allow space for the range of emotions that families experience?

Friday, February 2, 2018

FEBRUARY Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine Go Together and Auditory Association

Many children across the age range have auditory association goals. Auditory association is the process of attaching meaning to something heard by relating it to previously learned information. For example, if a child hears shoes he says socks or dog - dogs bark, wag their tail, eat bones… based on previous experiences. By targeting auditory association children learn new vocabulary, concepts and language then store these new experiences for future LSL learning (auditory memory and recall).

For young LSL learners after being introduced to the holiday often by reading a well-chosen book we transition and talk about things that go- together. For example, Daddy and Mommy (if appropriate). We play with my boy and girl stuffed Hallmark Bears that have hidden magnets in their snouts. When they come together the magnets attract and they kiss! This leads to a whole discussion involving hugs & kisses etc.

Then we introduce the Go-Together toys and talk about each one. The size of the set and the specific toys are dependent on the child’s LSL level). For example, a table, an umbrella, candles, a spoon, a toothbrush, and so on. To keep with the Valentine theme the toys could be a valentine and an envelope, flower/rose and a vase...The associated toy is hidden from the child's view. Through hearing alone the parent and I take turns saying something along the lines of “I have a chair. I'm sitting on a chair....etc.  What goes together with a chair? – Either the child chooses the “table” or we model the correct match. Yes, the table and chair go-together.
It is important to ask -Why? Once again we model the “because” as needed. I have the child put the set of go-together objects either in a Valentine bucket or mailbox.