How To Choose a Speech Language Pathologist


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:

For Children with Hearing Loss, Not Just Any SLP Will Do


Parents Connecting With The World

Auditory-Verbal Parents in Touch Over the World

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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Hearing screening for my baby ... is it important?


Understanding Newborn Hearing Screening

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.


Do-It-Yourself-Fundraiser Raises $1,000

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Brian Frevert and Friends raise $1K for the Listen Foundation!

...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!!

Music To My Ears

Can A Hearing Impaired Child Become a Musician?

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.


Can Your Baby Hear You?


Can Your Baby Hear You?

Here's a great article on looking for signs of whether your baby can hear - or whether there may be a problem:


Can Your Baby Hear You?

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Colorado Gives Day

 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.


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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.  
And what an event it was! A full house of guests at Columbine Country Club, excited by the stellar successes of the organization, as evidenced by the stories related by the alumni present!  
And what a fundraiser it was - our best ever!


Lots more amazing pictures here.

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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, 10a  for birth to18 months/11a for 18 months to 3 yrs

Making Pancakes

listenfoundation3Want 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.


Hear Lani-Eun Speak Here!

Is Auditory-Verbal Therapy Right For My Child?

listenfoundation1Professor 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!


Watch His TED Talk Here

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The Principles of Auditory-Verbal Practice

1. Working toward the earliest possible identification of hearing loss in infants and young children, ideally in the newborn nursery.  Conducting an aggressive program of audiologic management.

2. Seeking the best available sources of medical treatment and technological amplification of sound for the child who is deaf or hard of hearing as early as possible.

3. Helping the child understand the meaning of any sounds heard, including spoken language, and teaching the child's parents how to make sound meaningful to the child all day long.

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