Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Leadership Opportunities For Teens in Denver at ‪#‎AGBELL2016‬.

My AV graduate Mat began therapy at eight-months-old and received services through middle school. Today he is a very well-spoken, confident leader with a bright future. Mat is front and center wearing the white and yellow. 

A few months ago Mat told me that the advocacy information and my words of experience I shared with him in middle school were right although, he didn't think so back then. Ha! I'm pleased Mat listened to my recommendation and attended LOFT in Denver at ‪#‎AGBELL2016‬

Leadership Opportunities For Teens is for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language as their mode of communication. LOFT is designed to develop or strengthen skills in individual leadership, teamwork, group dynamics, public speaking, and self-advocacy. It has always been a rewarding experience for teens from the AV Center of Wheaton. ‪#‎LOFTeens‬

One of Mat's Loft counselors is the daughter of the family who introduced me to Auditory Verbal therapy so many years ago. Here is the link to read my post, The Family That Paved the Way for Me Supporting Families of Children with Hearing Loss Stacey was an amazing role model for Mat and the other LOFT participants.

 Mat and Stacey Lim, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A. 
Dr. Lim, a licensed audiologist, is an assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University. She was identified with hearing loss at the age of 10 months and was fitted with her first pair of hearing aids a month later. She received a cochlear implant at the age of 18. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Wooster with a minor in German Language and Literature, she spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. When she returned to Ohio, Dr. Lim received her Au.D. from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC) and her Ph.D. from Kent State University, with specializations in early intervention, pediatric audiology, cochlear implants, and educational audiology. Dr. Lim’s research specialties are literacy, cochlear implants, and aural rehabilitation.

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