Friday, March 25, 2016

Auditory Easter Hunt

Auditory Easter Hunt with eggs that call, "You Woo- I'm over here." 

It is so much easier to "look and find" but this Little Listener chose to wear the no-peeking mask. He found all the eggs by localizing and through hearing alone. This is a challenging task for many.

See a post from 2013 - Sound Localization: Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt in Auditory Verbal Therapy or Home

Click here -FREEBIE!  Created by Kristine Lamb from
An Egg Hunt is a fun way to target many listening and spoken language targets. 

Print out and make these cute cards that are just the right size to place in plastic eggs.
The cards include Listening to Listen sounds, animals, food, clothes, and around the home pictures to target and expand utterances, describing, categorizing... and so much more. Have your child find the hidden eggs and hand it to you to open and describe using an Auditory First technique - listening before seeing. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Wind-Up Easter Toys to Create Opportunities for Listening and Spoken Language

Wind-up chicks, ducklings and bunnies are common toys at the stores near Eastertime. They are perfect for filling baskets but also young children are fascinated with these toys that require an adult to activate.
Wind-up toys create opportunities for your children to ask for the toy be wound up. These toys set up the communicative environment so your child will need to ask for help to use. Remember not to anticipate the child’s needs before s/he has tried to communicate them to you. Look expectantly when your child should verbalize so s/he learns to verbalize during the pause time.

Sabotage techniques set up situations, which require your child to communicate with others.  For example, arrange the situation so when the wind-up toy stops s/he needs to request the toy to continue. These toys stop suddenly and are motivating, as the child needs to ask for help for then to continue to hop, scurry or whatever. Even placing the fun toy out of your child’s reach can create a need to communicate.  Then, WAIT for your child to initiate, request or comment. Allow your child plenty of processing time and remember don’t jump in too soon and save your child.

Wind-up toys encourage a fun and communicative environment. Since you have your child’s undivided interest use rich language when talking about the toys. Rich language is at and slightly above the child's listening and spoken language level and should be redundant with frequent rephrasing and elaboration.

Hearing Loss Journey Quote

A father of a child I see for AVT sent me this anonymous quote. Such wisdom and truth. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016


One of Auditory Verbal graduates Megan Swanson shares her story in the film/TV industry in order to extend awareness of Listening and Spoken Language! I've known Megan and began working with her family when she was 15 months old. So blessed to be an audiologist!

Every unique story has a hook, and mine is beating all odds. Born deaf and raised with a cochlear implant has presented many challenges. I did all the things that my first few doctors told me I would never do - I went to public school, I played instruments, I sang in choir, I performed both theater and dance, I played sports (Basketball, Soccer, Softball, track and field), and many other things as well. I attended a private university and received outstanding grades and acknowledgment.

Since my days at DePaul University, I went on to work as an Associate Producer with Dreaming Tree Films on several projects (2009-2015). “Traveling Without Moving” - the latest feature film produced debuts in select theaters this spring 2016 after the premiere at the White House Science Fair. Along with the premiere, and theatrical release, the film will be taking a fifty stop tour to promote the movie, the fresh - films program, and how the film industry uses S T E M. After my wrap with Dreaming Tree, I relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles. I have moved a distance before but this is the biggest move I have made, especially on my own. This time, I am out on my own, and making a living for myself. My dream is to find my place in the film/television industry and to climb the ladder of success. Getting my footing here in the new city was the toughest challenge. Not only am I new, but many people still don’t hire deaf/hard of hearing people because they don’t want to accommodate us or they fear we will not be able to do the job as well as a hearing person can. I have never asked for any accommodations and always provide tools for myself in order to succeed. While growing up I have learned that the best strength a person can have is advocating for themselves. Currently, I am working with Collins Avenue on a show for Lifetime. I have found the people here so far to be welcoming and I am learning a lot here. Never in my life thought I would be accepted like I am now.

I have yet to find a deaf/hard of hearing person or another cochlear implant recipient in the film/television industry. We are a minority, and I choose to break any barriers people may challenge me with. I have this strength and the future ahead of me with lots of dreams to achieve.

My success today is rooted in my family's commitment to LSL. They made sure that I had proper hearing aids and later a cochlear implant and enrolled in LSL Therapy under the guidance of Lynn A Wood, my Auditory-Verbal therapist when I was a toddler. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

MARCH Listening and Spoken Language Printable Calendar

Click HERE to download the MARCH Listening and Spoken Language printable calendar from the Moog School.  It  provides daily suggestions that Auditory-Verbal families will find helpful. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Childhood Hearing Loss: Act Now, Here is How!

Happy World Hearing Day! This year’s theme is “Childhood Hearing Loss: Act Now, Here is How!” Check out this infographic from the World Health Organization (WHO), which ASHA is pleased to collaborate with on the worldwide “Make Listening Safe” campaign.

Children that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Can Hear Talk and Connect

Please include attribution to the Alexander Graham Bell Association ( with this graphic.


- See more at: