Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Early Board Game for Auditory Verbal Targets

Well chosen board games model and encourage interactive listening, spoken language and learning skills. When playing board games, child can learn valuable lessons such as listening to the other players, turn taking, asking and answering questions, staying on topic, strategic thinking, manners and being a good sport. 

Many educational board games target answering “WH” questions, categorization, color and letter recognition, counting skills, describing skills, grammar/syntax and increasing sentence length  and expanding vocabulary.

When playing board games you may want to highlight knowledge of basic concepts as they practice good listening skills, following directions, and responding appropriately. Below is one of my handouts from the good ole' days of Auditory-Verbal Therapy you may find helpful.

 This is one of my favorite Fall Themed Games for Home and  in Auditory Verbal Sessions.


Click HERE to go to this "SuperDuperInc. Handy Handout"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Perspectives on Deafness When it Coexists with Autism

Advanced Bionics offered a FREE virtual training course that explores the multidisciplinary perspectives on deafness when it coexists with autism. Each training session is designed to help hearing health professionals gain better knowledge of autism and understand the value of cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

This informative and engaging six-part series is easy to access through Audiology Online.
View each course here:  CEU Courses > 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Suggestions Before School Starts For Parents of Children With Hearing Loss

Teacher and Staff In-Service Meetings

 It is important to get your child involved whenever possible. This can include having your student talk and present with you depending on their age, contribute slides to the PowerPoint, or create a media presentation  to introduce him/herself. 

Playing simulations is a great way for staff and other students to “experience” hearing loss. This link from Karen Anderson contains many resources including simulations of a variety of losses with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and with and without FM. The Unfair Spelling Test for elementary students and adults is interesting are everyone is always surprised at their results.

Student In-Service Meetings

Sometimes it is beneficial for your child to present their hearing loss and needs to his/her classmates. Such projects and presentations can easily be tied to self-advocacy objectives. These presentations can be supported by books or posters made by your family, PowerPoint presentations, or multi media presentations. Inclusion of simulations of hearing loss and model hearing aids and cochlear implants enhance this experience for the other students. 

Important People at School 

Find out who is on your child's team! Be sure you introduce yourself not only to the classroom teacher, but also to the receptionists, administrators, “specials” teachers, cafeteria staff, librarian, school nurse, IT department and anyone else you meet in the hallways!   The more people your child and you know now, the easier it will be when you inevitably need their help later in the year.


  • Be sure you have recent audiogram, speech perception testing and CI programming 
  •  Know who the managing audiologist as well as the FM audiologists are and have their contact information available (for some students this is the same person, for others FM is managed by a separate audiologist).
  • Ensure that there are listening and equipment checks scheduled and all amplification is working properly. Identify the person at each school who will be trained to perform listening checks. Set a date for that training!
  • Identify where the FM will be stored at each school and who will be responsible for charging it. This is often the student’s job but for young children or students with additional needs, an adult may have to oversee this task.

Share Your Contact Information

Be sure everyone at the school knows how to get in touch with you in case problems arise. Find out how they prefer to be contacted. . Relationships matter and first impressions go a long way, so keep it positive and emphasize the collaborative aspects and mutual benefits of this new relationship


Set Up A System For Home School Communication:

This can be informal and as simple as identifying whether people prefer to communicate over email or by phone. Some younger students may also have a communication notebook for staff and parents to write in. Especially in the first few weeks, be sure sure you are included in the relevant communication with staff and check in with them regularly. This helps alleviate stress as parents you are in the loop and know what is happening at school.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEPTEMBER: Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

Click  HERE  to download your own printable calendar for the month of September with ideas for home or your Auditory Verbal Therapy. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Adult CI: Beginning Practice Listening Suggestions at Home

Simple Practice Suggestions at Home

Immediately after your activation get started learning to listen with your cochlear implant. 
Begin listening with a close friend or a family member who wants to be your Listening Coach:


1: Follow along as your Listening Coach reads a passage in a book.
Ask your reader to stop at certain words, so you can speak the words out loud. After this exercise, have him/her randomly read any sentence in a paragraph, so you can guess which sentence it was.
2: Without relying on speech-reading, have your Listening Coach voice

            Names of people you know
            Simple sentences: "How are you?" or "Nice to meet you."

3: Listen to basic "read-along" children's books available on CDs at the library.
Work up to more challenging literature as your training progress.
4: Listen to public radio or sports radio.
Talk shows are a good source of practice because they often deal with current news or familiar topics – giving you clues about the gist of conversation.

Be sure to prompt your Listening Coach to –
"speak slowly and clearly...
 use short sentences...stay on topic, etc."