"Vigilant and committed parents often seek early diagnostics to ensure their children are set up for success by being able to see and hear well in school. One Colorado-based nonprofit, the Listen Foundation, is the legacy of a extraordinary woman named Doreen Pollack whose story is told via this interview today with her daughter, Naomi Cohen. Cohen talks to how the Listen Foundation, founded by Doreen Pollack, would like every child born with a hearing loss to be able to receive the innovative therapy developed by Pollack. Cohen says that with the current technology, 'sign language as the first option or main option just doesn't seem right.'"
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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.
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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.
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!
LEARN, LISTEN, PLAY! OPEN TO ALL FAMILIES
Come and join the Parent-tot Listening Groups, a learning group for both parents and their tots, 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 AT THE LISTEN OFFICE:
6950, E. Belleview, Suite 203
JOIN US EACH MONTH:
For children: birth to 18 months, please come at 10:00am
For children: 18 months to 3 years, please come at 11:00am
Dates: February 21st, March 21st, (location may vary-details to come), April 18th, & May 16th
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.
A big thank you to all who supported Colorado Gives Day in December! We raised 12 thousand dollars for Listen families, which is just terrific.
Here is a family that you helped by supporting us - they live 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.
It's never too late 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.
October saw Listen honoring one of Denver's most renowned AV therapists
Marian Ernst with the Doreen Pollack Award 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!
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