Children's Creative Music and Arts Workshop
On November 10th, Listen sponsored a Children’s Creative Music and Arts Workshop geared to Hard of Hearing children. It took place at Bethany Lutheran Church and was conducted by Award Winning pianist Julian Toha who was on the world tour promoting his talent by playing classical music.
Over 50 people attended this workshop (adults and children) which was designed to unleash child’s imagination by using multimedia approach and truly enjoyed listening to the music played by world known musician while children between 4-9 actively participated in it.
It was a truly an amazing event that everyone enjoyed. Sharing this music experience with other Hard of Hearing children was a very touching and heartfelt experience. Thank you so much Julian!
The aim of this group is to build a global alliance of parents of children with hearing loss interested in Auditory-Verbal Therapy who would like to be in touch with one another to share experiences, ideas and help other parents to develop the listening and spoken language through active consistent participation of the family.
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Congratulations to 7 year old Listen graduate, Caitlyn, for being selected to receive this year's Colorado Neurological Institute’s Hope Award, given to inspiring patients who show great courage and determination in the face of a neurological condition.
We are so proud of you!!
Auditory –Verbal Therapy is a parent-centered approach that focuses on listening as the primary input for learning language. It promotes listening and talking with the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants so that the child can grow up in regular learning and living environments.
Did you know that deaf children, like this one, can not only learn to listen and talk, they can learn to play musical instruments? And learning music has important benefits, even beyond imbuing a love for this form of art. Researchers have found that learning music may have unexpected benefits – like improved reading ability.
Colorado Gives Day is December 10th this year, and of course we'd like all our great supporters to help make this the best ever CGD for Listen! There are two ways to do it:
* Go to our Colorado Gives Day page, and schedule a donation for December 10th - you can do that right now, and your donation will happen on that day. Please donate what feels right for you, but we do have an incentive: those who donate $2,000 or more will be put into a drawing for a dinner for 6 at Barolo Grill!
* Set up a fundraising page on Colorado Gives Day. It's easy to set up your own website and ask your friends and relatives to join in! There's even a short video that shows you how to set it up in a just few simple minutes! And we have a wine basket or Peyton Manning jersey for the individual who raises the most money through fundraising! And for Listen families raising money, there's a one year membership to the Denver Zoo awaiting the most successful fundraising family!
Please join us and the great community of Colorado donors in this special fundraising day. Our kids will thank you for listening!
Want to find out how to make the most delicious pancakes?
Lani-Eun, a client of Listen, guides us through a step by step tutorial in how to make pancakes.
With the help of Listen's therapist Nanette Thompson, Lani-Eun has concerned her hearing impairment and developed the the ability to hear and speak with the fluidity and ease.
Click-on the speaker icon and hear how clearly Lani-Eun speaks as she tells her pancake story. Lani-Eun is profoundly deaf and has a cochlear implant.
Professor Karl White is a psychologist at Utah State University, and is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on early identification and treatment of hearing loss.
He was recently invited to give a talk for TEDx. If you are familiar with the brilliant library of lectures at TED.com, you will know that these are high quality, engaging talks on all sorts of subjects; TEDx is an extension of that idea, and professor White’s talk is a wonderfully concise, precise and uncontroversial summary of how far we have come in the last 30 years in out ability to identify deafness in children while still in their birth hospital, in the strides made in technology for the deaf, and in early education for deaf children. The talk contains footage of Helen Keller, as well as video clips from the past and present of deaf children communicating. Please take about 15 minutes to review this talk - it really sums up what programs such as USU’s and Listen’s are all about. It is so uplifting, you may find yourself shedding a tear!
* At birth, a child who is deaf is already 13 weeks behind their hearing peers in the development of auditory skills.
* The first 3 years of a child’s life are the most important in auditory brain development.
* Listening and spoken language are the foundation of literacy skills and academic competencies.
* A child with hearing loss CAN attain age appropriate speech and language skills!
The Listen Foundation provides for and assists children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence.
1. It's not too early to be looking at schools for next year...hopefully, this article will help. ...click here for details...
2. Don't forget music training in your child's auditory development.
3. To help with cochlear implant costs...a list of resources. ...click here for details...
4. A great resource for supporting young children with cochlear implants from Med-El. You can download and print...click here for details...
4. This might be of interest for those contemplating a cochlear implant for their child...click here for details...
5. Advice from an expert on when is it time to consider a cochlear implant ...click here for details...
6. From Todd Houston, LSLS Cert. AVT. at the University of Akron on how outcomes should drive a parents decisions about intervention and hearing technology. ...click here for details...
7. Why it so important that children with hearing loss be properly diagnosed, receive appropriate audiological intervention and learn spoken language through listening......
"Ninety percent of a young child's knowledge is attributed to hearing background conversation. More than a third of children with even slight hearing loss, researchers estimate, will fail at least one grade." (excerpt from 'What Your Nose Knows and other amazing facts about your senses', Jennifer Kahn, Parade Magazine, July 29th, 2012).
8. The Oticon Focus on People First Place Winner in 2010 was Hayleigh Scott for creating jewelry and charms for hearing aids and cochlear implants. Check out her designs atwww.HayleighsCherishedCharms.com...they are very cool.
If your child has usable hearing and wears hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, it is important to maximize ability to listen during all waking hours. Listening equipment (hearing aids or implants) should be checked and put on immediately after the child wakes up and removed only if the child is near water or sleeping. This allows your child access to sound during all waking hours and the chance to hear environmental sounds, speech, and language throughout the entire day.
By talking to your child, your child learns to listen to the rhythm of speech, the rising pitch that tells us we hear a question, the sounds of siblings as they play in another room or the dog barking happily when someone arrives at home. Children need lots of time to listen to the early words parents use when they change their diapers, get them dressed, or read books with them.
It is through strong ability to listen that children are able to learn to talk.
Individual Attention, Individual Success
"We are not training the ears, we are training the mind to interpret what the ears hear." ~Doreen Pollack, one of the founders of Auditory-Verbal therapy
"With the wonderful help of the Listen Foundation, our daughter progressed in a way we didn't think was possible." ~C.S., mother of a Listen client
Listen's program supports Auditory-Verbal therapy which follows some very basic and important steps, beginning with:
~Early detection of a child's hearing loss
~Early fitting of appropriate hearing aids and/or a chochlear implant
~Individualized autiory-verbal therapy
~Total family involvement