Monday, October 30, 2017

Listening, Language and Learning with a Halloween Sensory Bin

Listening, language and learning with a Halloween sensory bin is a rich and motivating activity for a wide range of children. I use dry pinto beans and ofter cover the bin with a small swag of autumn leaves to keep the item(s) hidden. Increase or decrease the set size to meet the child's level. 

Depending on the goals the activity may  look like:

- Bury a season object and talk about it before the child sees it. (Hearing 1st)  OOoooo! Boo!

- Find something - with a face, an insect, that grows on trees...? 

Categories - things that fly: are scary; see in a pumpkin patch; are make-believe.... Find an item that doesn’t belong. 

- Following directions/critical elements- Look for the bat and make it sleep upside down.

Auditory memory- Find the apple, the wagon, and the black cat.  Uncover the skeleton, the witch but not the monster.

Inferences or Riddles- "I am the color of darkness. Some people say I’m bad luck. Others say I have nine lives. Witches keep me as their pet." Find it!

Give the child a turn to bury a toy and describe it to the other players.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monster APP - Go Away!

Did you know that the Go Away, Big Green Monster! book is also a fabulous interactive app By Night & Day Studios, Inc?  (One of my favorite developers.)
You can listen and read along with the author Ed Emberley, a funny child or you can read aloud the story with your child. There is a Sing-Along Mode with music composed and performed by Ed’s granddaughter.  Kids love to touch the monster and see it react.
It plays anywhere: no wifi or internet necessary and totally safe with no third-party advertising or in-app purchases or pop-ups interrupting play.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! on the App Store

App Store
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Go Away, Big Green Monster!. Download Go Away, Big Green Monster! and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Have fun!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not So Scary Halloween

Have you shared Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson? I read it this week in Auditory Verbal Therapy, added props and it was a hit with the Little Listeners and their parents.

Mouse finds out that first impressions can be misleading as he sees not-so-scary things swooping, smiling bats, pretty, tumbling leaves, scampering kittens and more.  It’s rich fall colors, rhythmic, repetitive, reassuring words add up to a gentle Halloween story for young preschool trick-or-treaters.

Here is a video read by Nana, a Youtube Storyteller.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Leaf Rubbing - Fall Auditory Verbal Adventure

Leaf Rubbings are one of my favorite fall auditory verbal activities. This activity encourages the children to listen and observe as we discuss the wonders of nature with supporting vocabulary within a rich LSL conversation.
Materials/Advance Preparation:
fresh leaves of different shapes and sizes
crayons, preferably thick ones with the paper stripped off
thin copy paper.
1. Place a leaf view side up on a smooth table and cover with a sheet of paper.
2. Using the side of the crayon (lay the crayon down on the paper), rub the crayon back and forth until the leaf's outline and features are clearly visible.
3. Place another leaf under the paper and use a different colored crayon to make a rubbing.It's fine if the leaf rubbings overlap a bit; in fact, it makes the rubbing even more beautiful.
4. Together notice and describe features of the rubbings (e.g. "My leaf has three points," “The yellow leaf has a jaggedy edge").
-Color words - green, red, orange, yellow, brown…. golden, crimson
-Dry, crunchy, rustling, noisy
-Rough, smooth, pretty, rounded, pointed, jagged edges
Home Carryover Suggestions: 
I encourage the parents to take their child on a leaf walk to collect leaves for this activity at home. I remind them that while they are raking and playing in the leaves to talk about what you are doing and what you see and the more times your child hears these words, the more likely he/she is to retain and learn them. 

A fun way to work on verbs is by making a pile of leaves and then practicing different actions through the piles.  For example, the child can march, stomp, skip, run, or roll through the pile. Take pictures as a way to expand LSL once the activity is over.
Follow-Up Leaf Craft - Following Directions/Sequencing
Set the activity up so that there are steps the child has to complete.  Think about what would help your child do this activity easily, and then make it just a little bit harder.  For example, if you think “my child could listen and follow one step of this at a time easily”, then give them two directions at a time.  Here are the steps to the activity that you can use to create the directions for your child. Remember to present through hearing first!
1. Collect leaves 
2. Draw a picture on paper of a bare tree, a pumpkin patch…. (for younger children, skip this step)
3. Spread glue on paper
4. Put leaves on glue
5. Place your picture in a safe place to dry
After you’re done, go back and talk about the activity with your child.  You can talk about what you did first, next, and last. Have your child share the leaf craft and tell someone else about the what s/he created with the leaves.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Conversation Starters for Strong Theory of Mind (ToM) Developmen

Hearing First has a free download of a simple list of conversation starters and a topic to focus on with open-ended thinking and feeling comments and questions that will help your child develop the skills of understanding the meaning behind actions and events and recognizing the perspectives of others in social interactions. Click HERE.

Use this list of conversation starters and continue helping in the development of your Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) learner’s social skills, emotional connections, and understanding today!

OCTOBER - Listening and Spoken Language Calendar

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

New Listening and Spoken language Auditory Verbal Certification Requirements

If you are looking to pursue Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Auditory Verbal certification check out the new AG Bell Academy requirements related to the certification process for candidates.
According to AG Bell, all changes are found in July 2017 versions of the following documents on the Academy website:
Click here for a summary of all changes.
We appreciate the time and commitment of the AG Bell Academy Board and the Mentoring Taskforce to the growth in knowledge and skill of each professional pursing LSL certification and the enhancement of the LSL certification process all with the expectation of improving the LSL outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Thank you to these Hearing First members who are members of the AG Bell Academy Board:
 M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Board Chair
Emma Rushbrooke, M.Phil (Audiology), B.A. Dip Aud, MAudSa, LSLS Cert. AVT, RNC,  Board Chair-Elect
M.S., Cert. AVEd, Immediate Past Board Chair
 M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, J.D., CFRE
, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Ulrika Lofkvist, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, M.Sc.
 Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
Ted Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Lee Rech, J.D.
, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT 
 Ph.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
 And the Mentoring Task Force:
 LSLS Cert. AVT, Task Force Chair
Rollen Cooper, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Sherri Fickenscher, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd