Choosing the Right Speech Language Pathologist for your Child September 15th, 2014
Choosing the sharpest SLP for a child with hearing loss can be daunting.
SLP and Auditory Verbal Specialist Elizabeth Rosenzweig shares some advice in this article:
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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In this podcast, ASHA-certified audiologist Dr. Patti Martin talks about what to expect from a newborn hearing screening, why it is important, and how to identify the signs of hearing loss within the first year of a child’s life. Click here to listen.
...with their second annual Dam-to-Dam Ride. Brian and his co-workers from RubinBrown LLP rode a 35 mile loop from Littleton to the Bear Creek Dam (Bear Creek Park) then to Chatfield Dam and back to Littleton. Afterwards, Brian and his wife, Kay, treated the group to a barbecue, all the while dodging the rain!
The purpose behind this fun and camaraderie, was to raise awareness and funds for the Listen Foundation. What a fabulous idea and one that can easily be replicated by others. Thank you Brian and everyone involved for supporting the Listen kids!!
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 this Tuesday! To schedule your gift for this awesome day of holiday giving, just click here. And here is one very good reason to do so - a Mom's appreciation of Listen-provided services to her son. This family lives 3 hours from Denver, but via Tele-Health services can receive the world-class auditory-verbal therapy that makes all the difference:
I want to mention how happy we are with the services being provided by our Listen Therapist. None of the speech therapists in the past understood Nicholas' hearing loss or his difficulty in certain situations to communicate with us or his friends.
When we started with our Listen therapist, Nicholas had a lot of speech problems, but since then his speech has improved tremendously. Children are beginning to understand him at school, at home and at the park/social situations, which is helping to build Nicholas' confidence levels. We have previously had problems with children being mean and excluding Nicholas because they couldn't understand him.
Nicholas really enjoys his therapy sessions. He looks forward to practicing what he has learned, and we genuinely couldn't be more grateful. Our therapist is making a huge difference in Nicholas' life and we appreciate her.
To make a donation to Listen, simply click on the Donate Now! button and follow the directions. Or use the PayPal Donate . It's that easy! Thank you so much for listening.
The Board of Directors of the Listen Foundation wish to express their sadness at the passing of Marion Downs. She spent her career working to help deaf and hearing impaired children as well as fighting for early hearing screening.
We have valued Marion’s leadership spanning numerous decades and gratefully acknowledge the significant contributions she has made to the community.
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to her family and all those whose lives she has touched.
Last month saw Listen honoring Denver's most renowned AV therapist Marian Ernst at our first Founder's Day event.
Lots more amazing pictures here.
LISTEN PARENT EDUCATION
Come and join the Listening Play Group every 3rd Saturday of the month. Families with children ages birth to 3+ years are welcome to come and join the listening!
We'll be in the Listen office, 6950, E. Belleview, Suite 203.
Join us each month, for birth to18 months/ for 18 months to 3 yrs
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.
Professor White was recently invited to give a talk for TEDx. It proved to be 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!
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. This method is called Auditory Verbal Therapy, or AVT. Listen therapist Joanna Stith explains the power of AVT here.
Why is there a need for an organization like Listen? Because
* 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!
* Listen is the only organization that helps families gain access to the Auditory Verbal Therapy that will empower this child with the ability to HEAR, LISTEN, TALK.
AVT therapy is used the world over as the key method of empowering deaf and hard-of-hearing children to learn to listen and talk - even in China! Check out this article on the impact of AVT there.
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