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Guide to Middle Ear Issues Part 1

The Parent’s Guide to Middle Ear Issues - Part 1

By Hearing First TeamMarch 15, 2017

LSL Day by Day | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL outcomes, parent advice

This month we’re highlighting a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention but can be a huge factor for children with hearing loss and their families: middle ear infection. Read along to hear one parent explain her family’s struggle with middle ear infection and how important it is to ask the right questions about middle ear fluid with your child’s medical professionals to combat one of the barriers that can keep your child from hearing critical sounds!

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Dr Seuss

How to Incorporate LSL Strategies with Dr. Seuss’ Books

By Hearing First TeamMarch 7, 2017

LSL Day by Day | LSL by the season, Reading Aloud, Reading Handouts, Road to Literacy, Children's Books

Oh the places you’ll go when it’s LSL strategies you know! We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America this month by highlighting the importance of reading with your baby. From the womb to the crib to the classroom, reading aloud is one of the foundational tools for success for a child with hearing loss. Here are five Dr. Seuss books with specific tips and activities for incorporating LSL strategies into your reading time and routines.

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Getting to the Heart of Listening Around the House

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 21, 2017

LSL Day by Day | LSL strategies, parent advice, Parent Outcomes

Parents have the power to manage listening environments so their children who are deaf or hard of hearing can fully participate in daily interactions with peers, family and community members. Here are some tips to help you create an optimal listening environment in one of the most important classrooms for Listening and Spoken Language (LSL), your own home!

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Create an LSL Outcome You’ll Love

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 12, 2017

Celebrate LSL | LSL strategies, parent advice, Parent Outcomes

To coincide with February’s Live Love LSL celebration campaign, we’re focusing on the importance of words and how constant conversation can help your child who is deaf or hard of hearing learn to listen, talk and read at the same level as their hearing friends by third grade. Read below for some of our favorite strategies you can use in your day-to-day interactions with your little learner to create LSL outcomes you'll love!

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For the Love of Apps

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 9, 2017

LSL Day by Day | LSL strategies, parent advice, Literacy Skills

Apps are valuable tools to enhance listening, auditory skill development, spoken language and literacy for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you own a device that runs apps, you have valuable resources for listening and learning possibilities at your fingertips (and at your child’s fingertips too).

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Live and Love the LSL Way of Life

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 1, 2017

Celebrate LSL | Celebrate LSL, #LiveLoveLSL, share LSL

This February, we’re celebrating the outcomes possible for children who are born deaf or hard of hearing when their families choose the path of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). Read along to learn how you can share your journey with others, spread LSL awareness and celebrate all the ways you #LiveLoveLSL.

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The Benefits of Books with Repeatable Lines

By Hearing First TeamJanuary 24, 2017

LSL Day by Day | Children's Books, parent advice, LSL strategies

Teaching your child who is deaf or hard of hearing to read can be a fun time of learning and exploration. By using tools such as predictable books that incorporate repeatable lines, you can implement important listening and spoken language (LSL) strategies while your child starts the process of learning to read.

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Building a Strong Mentoring Mindset - Part Two

By Hearing First TeamJanuary 17, 2017

LSL Intervention Practice | community of practice, powering partnerships, professional perspective

In our previous blog post, guest bloggers Sherri Fickenscher, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd and Ashley Garber, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT focused on the importance of approaching mentoring through a growth mindset and discussed the first cornerstone of a strong mentoring relationship, Create Connections. Today’s post continues our discussion with the remaining three cornerstones: Build Trust, Create Opportunities for Learning, and Engage in Healthy Feedback. 

 

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Building a Strong Mentoring Mindset - Part One

By Hearing First TeamJanuary 12, 2017

LSL Intervention Practice | community of practice, powering partnerships, professional perspective

In honor of National Mentoring Month, guest bloggers Sherri Fickenscher, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd and Ashley Garber, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT walk professionals through the steps of creating a mentoring mindset when coaching others.

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10 Minute Challenge for LSL Professionals

By Hearing First TeamJanuary 4, 2017

Connected Learning | professional learning community, professional advice, professional home, professional learning network

Even a little bit of daily progress adds up. As LSL professionals, that’s the motto that we’re holding firm to as we kick off the new year with new goals, milestones and opportunities to enhance our LSL practice. Learn how we’re using technology to grow and gain knowledge in just 10 minutes each day. 

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