Monday, February 25, 2019

International Cochlear Implant Day 2.25.19

International cochlear Implant day is a time to celebrate your child’s hearing and technology. Encourage your child to become the Boss of their Hearing Loss. Can your child put on their cochlear implant headpieces or their hearing aids? Does your young child ask for a repetition when they did not hear?  Preschoolers may say, “What does ____mean?” or “Did you say ___?” for clarification. Begin today helping your child learn to be self-advocates for their LSL success.

Monday, February 18, 2019

President's Day and Preschool Listening and Spoken Language Fun

Introduce your child to the Presidents in a way that sparks their curiosity. 
Talk about the coins in your pocket. 

Sort the money in piles by size, color, President’s faces and if they are clean or dirty. Separate the dirty pennies and use vinegar and salt to clean and polish them. 

Talk about what is different/same about the pennies. Make it easy for your child to start a conversation and go back and forth a few times.

Finally, have your child count the pennies and add them to their piggy bank.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cochlear Celebration 2019

I spy a couple teens I know 👋🏼👋🏼

Can’t wait to hear about Cochlear Celebration 2019 ! 

Thanks for the pic!
AV Graduate living the LSL Life!

LSL Leads to Beautiful Destinaitons

Enjoyable brunch with Ally, one of my Auditory Verbal graduates and her Mom Lisa. Unstoppable Ally, a high school senior has already been accepted at her 1st choice university. Grateful that your parents allowed me to guide them along the LSL (listening and spoken language) journey. We’ve come a long way together but challenging roads lead to beautiful destinations. 

(We really should have taken our photo before walking out the door.)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Listening Lynn's Valentine Hunt

It only takes a few minutes to prepare for a listening and language rich Valentine Hunt. Cut up paper hearts and place them around the house. Give your child a bag to collect all the paper hearts they find. 

Cue your child to LISTEN then say the clues through hearing alone. 

 “A heart is under the table.” 
“A heart is on the chair.”
 “A valentine is where you brush your teeth
 or hang your coat.”

 Let your child HEAR the clue before you point to the heart.
 Ear contact before eye contact is critical to growing your child’s brain for auditory skills.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Groundbreaking Research for LSL Outcomes For Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Have you read Hearing First's latest white paper,

 “Mission: Probable - Age-Appropriate Listening and Spoken Language Abilities for Children with Hearing Loss.”?

Hearing First partnered with Dr. Jace Wolfe to create a paper summarizing the recent landmark research studies that show evidence that infants and children with hearing loss can achieve outstanding listening and spoken language outcomes. This paper also includes practical ways you can apply the research to your journey and optimize the outcomes of your child with hearing loss. 

If you’re the parent of a child with hearing loss, an LSL professional, or someone who’s interested in the research showing that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk, this white paper is for you! 

 Follow Hearing First, then you can now download the paper and read the summaries of groundbreaking research for LSL outcomes! Register for the Professional Learning community or the Parent to Parents Support Community

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Celebrate Everything - Groundhog's Day.

Do you celebrate Groundhog Day? 

A groundhog burrow bundt cake is our family's tradition.

Celebrate Everything.
It's fun, language rich and creates wonderful memories.

Aria - The Word Snatcher

I met Aria at a few months of age when she began auditory verbal therapy. Her parents were still in shock of her diagnosis but have never let profound hearing loss define their family. It is hard to believe Aria's Mom was not an English speaker when we first met. They learned English together.

This family does what it takes, follows the LSL Auditory Verbal Principles and have not wavered in their dedication and commitment for Aria to learn to listen and talk, which powers literacy, academic and lifetime success. Today Aria hears with two cochlear implants, uses Listening and Spoken Language is an independent middle schooler with many friends and interests. Aria is a talented illustrator, a lover of art, an avid reader and an obsessive fan of Harry Potter. She has the musical Hamilton memorized! 

Last week, Aria acted in her school play, the Phantom Tollbooth. Ironically, Aria played the part of the Word Snatcher. Way to go Aria!

Aria and I in May of 2017 at her art show.