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How to Be Your Child's LSL Superhero

By Hearing First TeamApril 25, 2017

LSL Day by Day | LSL strategies, daily routines, serve and return

Today is National Superhero Day! Children can have all kinds of superheroes from their favorite sports player, celebrity or singer to a fictional superhero character. But the real superhero in their life is YOU as you live Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) every day.

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ips from the Trenches

Tips from the Trenches: Preparing You for the IFSP Process

By Hearing First TeamApril 19, 2017

LSL Intervention Practice | LSL plan, parent-professional partnerships, Parent Outcomes

Whether you’re just starting the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) process or you’ve had an early intervention process in place for a year, it’s important to remember that as a parent, you are the captain of the LSL team for your child! Read along for information about all-things IFSP and helpful tips from the trenches of the process.

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Hop To It

Hop to it! Living the LSL Family Journey

By Hearing First TeamApril 13, 2017

Connected Learning | LSL journey, LSL story, parent advice, parent support

We all know the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey is not a simple, straight path to an expected outcome. Each family’s LSL journey is an ongoing process that has its ups and downs along the way and no two paths are ever the same! With the help of a community, you can find joy in the journey and hop to the next stage of progress, no matter where you are on the roadmap to an LSL outcome. Join us this week as we celebrate all stages of the family journey and read along to learn how you can connect with other LSL families to support each other each step, or hop, of the way.

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Hearing First Powers Families

By Hearing First TeamApril 7, 2017

Connected Learning | LSL journey, LSL story, parent support, parent advice

We’re launching and you’re invited! Hearing First is excited to announce the opening of our online Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Family Support Community. Read below to learn more about the community and how you can join today!

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Ask the ENT - Middle Ear Troubles

By Hearing First TeamMarch 27, 2017

LSL Intervention Practice | LSL journey, LSL outcomes, community of practice, hearing testing, parent-professional partnerships, parent support

Middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion) is a common condition in childhood, often causing a temporary conductive hearing loss. When middle ear fluid persists, treatment may be recommended. Dr. Stan Baker, an ENT specializing in otology and neurotology, recently worked with Hearing First to answer some of the common questions about middle ear fluid and how it affects your child with pre-existing hearing loss. Read along for helpful takeaways and insights straight from the doctor himself!

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An Audiologist's Viewpoint of Middle Ear Issues

By Hearing First TeamMarch 22, 2017

LSL Intervention Practice | LSL journey, LSL outcomes, community of practice, hearing testing, parent-professional partnerships, parent support

We're continuing our conversation about middle ear fluid with an audiologist’s point of view! Read on to learn about the ins and outs of middle ear fluid and how your child's audiologist can help you tackle middle ear issues.

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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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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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