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!

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Come Full Circle! Celebrating Bryn P. Spejcher, Au.D.

It Comes Full Circle 

What a privilege to partner with the Mike and Laurie Spejcher and their family along their LSL Auditory Verbal journey. We celebrated Bryn this weekend and her accomplishment of earning a doctorate in audiology. 

Bryn P. Spejcher, Au.D., CCC-A is beginning her career at the House Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA, Los Angeles. 

Pay it forward Bryn!

Friday, August 4, 2017

AUGUST - Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Talk Time NOT Screen Time But...

I often am questioned by parents who know that listening, language and social skills are learned best when interacting with children and apps together but there are times when they want or need their child to listen and play independently.

Q - ”Lynn, I've heard that one of the most important part of using apps for listening and spoken language development is to interact with my child while he's using the app(s).  What about the times when I'm just exhausted and want my child to play an app by himself?”

A - Dear Parent,

Listening, language and social skills are learned best when interacting with children and apps together. But rest assured, there are many well-chosen apps that open an universe of books, games and music for listening and spoken language learning. Apps can provide practice for your child listening to a variety of speakers or voices. Some apps allow you to choose to allow background music which is an auditory challenge for older kids.

Apps that I recommend for a child to play independently would be those that target following auditory directions, storytelling and identifying sounds in our environment. Below are some of my favorites.

Classic Stories By Nosy Crow 

Fun With Directions Apps By Hamaguchi  (There are free lite versions available)

One Step Two Step by Synapse Apps, LLC (There is a free lite version)

Funny Directions By Speecharoo Apps

Food Frenzy Following Directions By Super Duper Publications

Seasonal Directions By ViritualSpeechCenter

Auditory Memory For Quick Stories  By Super Duper Publications

Sound Touch By Sound Touch

Touch The Sound By Alligator Apps