It seems like I put a ton of time into researching, teaching, and writing goals for following directions and listening skills. Listening skills take time to develop and following directions is awesome practice for those auditory skills. So typically when you’re teaching skills for following directions, you focus on 1-step and 2-step directions. And while working… Read More How to Teach Critical Elements & Improve Listening Skills
Your child’s vocabulary is really important because it affects more than just reading and writing. Vocabulary is a big factor in communication and social skills development. Now if your child is DHH and has cochlear implants, how do your child’s CIs affect their vocabulary development? How Vocabulary Typically Develops First, we need to look into… Read More Vocabulary Development for Children with Cochlear Implants
When you’re working to help your child learn to talk and listen, you want to know that what you’re doing works. Your child’s language and auditory development is on a timeline and you don’t have the luxury to be using ineffective strategies. Let’s look into whether two common language development strategies are actually data-proven-effective. Sentence Recast… Read More Do Sentence Recast & Auditory Bombardment Work?
Is there a difference between the MLU of children who have Cochlear Implants (CIs) and children with typical hearing? My gut reaction would be ‘yes’ because MLU is something we intensely target in deaf education. But does research support that this intense focus on MLU is really needed? The answer is ‘yes.’ Research (unfortunately) reports there… Read More Is there an MLU Gap between Children with and without Cochlear Implants?
Narration is my go-to strategy whether I’m with my big or little students. It can be tailored to fit teaching functional vocabulary, social skills, or the language used when problem solving. Narration is taking “talking to yourself” to a whole new level. Instead of talking out loud just to organizing your thoughts, you’re talking out loud… Read More Narration
I’ve heard various recommendations that to learn a new word, a child who is DHH (deaf or hard of hearing), needs to hear a word between 28-2,000 times. There’s a big difference between hearing a word 28 vs. 2,000 times. Let’s find a middle ground in this wide range of recommendations. Let’s just say that… Read More How to Use Auditory Bombardment to Increase Vocabulary
Prepositions like in, on, under, and behind are concepts that children typically understand by the end of preschool. So preschool is the perfect time to really make sure that children know these prepositions. And what is a more engaging and fun time than snack time?! Before we jump into how to pull off your new… Read More Prepositions: Teach Basic Concepts at Snack
Does your child have difficulty picking up the details in what your saying? Or have a hard time tuning into speech? Acoustic Highlighting is a strategy you can use to make it easier for your child to listen and develop their auditory skills. Acoustic Highlighting is pretty much the easiest of all the listening and… Read More Train the Brain: Acoustic Highlighting
2-3 out of every 1,000 infants have a hearing loss at birth and many more develop hearing loss in early childhood. Because hearing loss is pretty common, there’s been a huge push for all hospitals to screen new born’s hearing. Now babies with hearing loss can get the help they need asap instead of after… Read More What if My Newborn “Fails” the Hearing Screening?
Teaching your child how to talk doesn’t require flashcards or workbooks. Simple strategies that you use in your every day interactions can teach your child to communicate. These strategies are awesome because anyone can learn to use them and you don’t need to buy anything to put them to use. Ready for a solution that… Read More Get ’em Talking: 3 Simple Strategies to Teach Language
After a week of professional development, I’m experiencing some serious mental fatigue. My brain literally feels like it’s going to implode from knowledge overload. This brain exhaustion makes me wonder, what’s it like for children with hearing amplification? How does it feel to experience listener/auditory fatigue? What’s Auditory Fatigue? Auditory fatigue is the exhaustion you… Read More Auditory Fatigue
Double chocolately goodness with cream in the middle is your inspiration for today’s easiest listening and spoken language strategy: the auditory sandwich. The auditory sandwich is one of the strategies you use to develop a child’s language and auditory skills. Keep in mind that auditory and language development is really brain development. It’s synaptic connections being… Read More Train the Brain: Auditory Sandwich
A head nod is typically a sign that you’re listening. It’s one of those non-verbal social cues. Pretending to listen is something that you can fake if you time it just right, but the jig is up pretty quickly if you’re asked a question. Really though, you can’t ‘fake listen’ your whole life. Learning to… Read More Learning to Listen: Auditory Development
When we’re talking about vocabulary development, first we have to know how children’s vocabulary naturally develops. Before school, children’s vocabulary grows as they are exposed to language while interacting with their environment. While natural language exposure works to develop vocabulary, many circumstances can negatively affect this process like whether a child is DHH (has hearing… Read More Strategies to Teach Vocabulary