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Help Your Child with Hearing Loss Reach the 40 Million Word Goal

By Hearing First TeamMay 22, 2018

LSL Day by Day | LSL strategies, parent advice, LSL outcomes

How many words does your child need to hear in the early years? Research tells us that children who hear at least 40 million words or more in the first four years of life develop early conversational skills, learn to read on time, do better in school and have more communication opportunities in the future. Read how you can help your child with hearing loss meet the 40 million word goal!

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Why Collaboration is Important Between Parents and LSL Professionals

By Hearing First TeamMay 18, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

When it comes to the partnership between parents and LSL professionals powering potential for children with hearing loss to listen and talk, collaboration is key! Watch our recent Facebook Live “Ask Me Anything” with special guest, Joanna Smith, LSLS Cert. AVT, CEO and Executive Director at Hearts for Hearing, as we chat about effective collaboration, and how families can “make up for lost time” with the late hearing loss diagnosis.

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Preparing for a Hearing Evaluation

Tips to Prepare for Your Baby’s Hearing Evaluation

May 15, 2018

LSL Day by Day | LSL plan, parent-professional partnerships, Parent Outcomes

Learn why early hearing loss diagnosis is so important, and read tips to help you prepare for your baby’s hearing evaluations or tests, including ideas for items to bring and what to expect!

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How Much Should Your Child Be Wearing Their Hearing Technology? Get the Answer!

By Hearing First TeamMay 8, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines, listening and spoken language

Wow! We’re still amazed that we had the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with Dr. Teresa Ching about her landmark study about children with hearing loss known as the LOCHI (Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment) Study. Watch the full video about the study and her answer to the question of “How much does my child need to be wearing their hearing technology?”

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Better Hearing and Speech Month- Learn More About Knowing Your Baby’s Hearing Status

By Hearing First TeamMay 1, 2018

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, Literacy Skills, Reading Aloud, Road to Literacy, Reading Handouts

Hear why it’s important to know the status of your baby’s hearing and find helpful resources right here on our site!

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Build Your Child’s Social Skills and Confidence with Storytelling

By Hearing First TeamApril 24, 2018

LSL Intervention Practice | LSL story, Celebrate LSL

Children with hearing loss are at risk for missing subtle conversational cues and questions that are fundamental to understanding and sharing their own story. Learn how storytelling lays the foundation for future social relationships, and read ideas for building your child’s aptitude and confidence for storytelling over time.

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Make Reading Fun with LSL Read Aloud Roundup

By Hearing First TeamMarch 22, 2018

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

Hear why it’s important to read aloud with your baby every day, and get our handout to help make your daily reading routine fun and effective!

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Take Five and Hear Your Child Thrive!

By Hearing First TeamMarch 13, 2018

LSL Day by Day | LSL outcomes, daily routines, parent advice, LSL strategies, LSL techniques, Celebrate LSL

When it comes to your child on the LSL journey, the first five minutes of the day can be the most crucial to helping them learn to listen and talk, setting them up for success towards their listening, talking and reading potential. Learn more about Take Five and how you can implement it in your daily routine.

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Hearing First Ask Me Anything with Lydia Denworth

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 22, 2018

Celebrate LSL, "Hearing First" | LSL journey, LSL story, LSL plan, LSL strategies, Children With Hearing Loss, daily routines

Watch the Facebook Live “Ask Me Anything” video featuring Hearing First CEO Dr. Teresa Caraway and author, journalist and LSL mom, Lydia Denworth, as they discuss Lydia’s hearing loss story with her son Alex, and the science behind how the brain uses sound for early speech and language development.

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Live Love LSL 2018

By Hearing First TeamFebruary 1, 2018

Celebrate LSL | Celebrate LSL, #LiveLoveLSL

February can be associated with a lot of things: hearts, roses, and chocolates of course. But there’s one aspect of February that can make the month special for the families and professionals helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing learn to listen and talk: Hearing First’s yearly Live Love LSL campaign! Read below to join us in celebrating the joys that Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) can bring, and learn how you can help spread awareness of all the possibilities for positive LSL outcomes.

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