Thursday, June 13, 2019

Auditory Verbal Graduate - Plans to Obtain her M.D.- Ph.D. and Pursue Research in Otolaryngology.

Congratulations to one of my auditory verbal graduates Caroline Yuk who is a psychology and biology major combined with a minor in computing technological sciences. She plans to obtain her M.D.- Ph.D. and pursue research in Otolaryngology.  As a cochlear implant recipient, she understands first-hand the importance of merging technology with medicine. Caroline was recently awarded an AG Bell’s scholarship for students with hearing loss to Engage in Auditory Research Program (STEMM-HEAR), supported by the Hearst Foundations. 

Read more about her in the lastest Volta Voices AG Bell magazine. 

Where does the time go? 
I was Caroline's oldest brother's auditory verbal therapist and also Caroline's the youngest of a set of twins. 

I  am honored to have worked closely with this committed family who did what it took for their children to accomplish a listening and spoken language outcome.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Ten Books A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Oldie but a goodie article by my dear friend Lea Donovan Watson, MA CCC/ SLP Cert. AVT.

Children learn to read by being read to. So Read! 
Reading is auditory!
Read ten books a day!” 

Reading books that are a little above the language level of your child is important so that the child is hearing the more advanced language structure.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

It's Mother Goose Day So Celebrate!

 Hey, Diddle Diddle is a classic rhyme but how does a dish run away with the spoon?
 It doesn’t matter! Mother Goose characters and songs are just fun! 
Babies love to be bounced to the rhythm of Giddy-up Horsey.
 A toy spider makes Itsy Bitsy Spider come alive for toddlers.
 Hunt for dog bones while learning Old Mother Hubbard.
Act out Humpty Dumpty with a hard-boiled egg and toy horses.

Humpty Dumpty in Auditory Verbal Therapy

Children first learn to follow intonation patterns then imitate actions, repeat main words and soon start singing.  Remember to use hearing first. Start a song before showing your child the motions.  Then, say the first line of a rhyme such as Jack and Jill went up a ... or Twinkle, Twinkle little.... Pause and lean in with an expectant look. Encourage your child to respond by singing the next words. 
Older children can play a game with matching pictures or toys.  Clue your child to listen and then slowly recite the nursery rhyme. Pause at a keyword that has a matching toy or picture card.  Nursery Rhyme puzzles work great for this task. Each time your child hears one of the keywords, they can hold up that toy or card.
 Do you know Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the Alphabet Song share the same tune? Hum this tune while your child listens. Here is the challenge, can they identify the song words with the matching melody?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Humor and Listening and Spoken Language Learning

Put your toddler in a bathtub with no water or give them a juice box without a straw. Read a book upside down to your preschooler or serve ice cream sundaes for dinner. April Fools! 

Silly faces, peekaboo, and unexpected tickles connect toddlers and parents.  Funny business, like silly words to a song or wearing underwear as a hat tickles a child’s sense of humor. Plan fun April Fool’s pranks to create a reason for your child to think, listen and talk.

Kid’s get a kick out of talking about silly situations. Slapstick humor leads to understanding riddles, knock-knock jokes, puns and even sarcasm for older kids. Humor is evidence of brain development and growing listening, spoken language and social skills.

Overused Questions

“What color is that?”
Your child is likely thinking, “It’s red. 
You know that!  
So why are you asking?”  

Why as parents do we ask the same boring, overused questions?

Try saying things like,

“I like the colors you used”. 

“It looks like you loved drawing this picture.”

“Draw something that makes you happy.”.

It is easy and important to turn your questions into comments to foster two-way conversations. 

St. Patty's Day and Early Descriptive Language Learnng

St. Patrick’s Day is all about leprechauns, pots of gold and colorful rainbows. 

But did you know that there is little need to talk about COLORS with your child who is deaf or hard of hearing?  

Once your child uses COLORS to describe they become the easy go-to adjective.

A red apple, the yellow sun, a green frog… 

Children easily learn the colors and then commonly over-use color words in their spoken language learning.

Rather model, expand and talk with your child by describing how the frog hops, has big eyes and can swim in the water.

Isn't this more language-rich than describing the frog is green?

Monday, March 11, 2019

1, 2, 3, FOR ME! Shamrock Game

Listen, find 3 things that are living, things with a hole, things that are lucky... and explain why. Give your child a turn to think of and ask the categories. 

Any little trinkets and toys will do! 
Best of luck!