Auditory, Language

Vocabulary Development for Children with Cochlear Implants

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

Auditory, Language

Do Sentence Recast & Auditory Bombardment Work?

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?

Auditory, Language

Is there an MLU Gap between Children with and without Cochlear Implants?

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?

Auditory, Language

Narration

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

Auditory, Language

Auditory Fatigue

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

Auditory, Language

Train the Brain: Auditory Sandwich

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

Auditory, Language

Strategies to Teach Vocabulary

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