[Infographic] Learning LSL: Making Personal Knowledge Mastery Easy for LSL Families

By Hearing First Team May 3, 2016

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(PKM Series: Part 3 of 4) Now that you know what Personal Knowledge Mastery is, learn how to use it to achieve your personal learning goals and professional development. See how Molly and her son, Ben, use Seek, Sense, Share to achieve their listening and spoken language goals.


You can help your child reach their full potential using Personal Knowledge Mastery.

Welcome to Part 3 of the “Learning LSL” blog series!

If you’re just now tuning in, start reading with Part 1: Personal Knowledge Mastery through Seek Sense Share and Part 2: The Theory Behind Personal Knowledge Mastery for LSL.

What does PKM look like for families of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing? First, let’s take a moment to recap what it is:

  • Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) is a set of processes (decided by the individual) that are designed to help you learn and work more effectively. PKM is considered by experts to be the best way for adults to learn in the Digital Age. For families, it means accessing, using and sharing knowledge for the betterment of your child’s future. 
  • Seek, Sense, Share is the framework for achieving personal knowledge mastery. We SEEK (find) new knowledge. We SENSE that new knowledge by absorbing it and applying it to our lives. We SHARE that knowledge by presenting our experiences to others. For families, it’s a way of finding and sharing the knowledge so that you, and others like you, can improve your LSL journey. 

We understand this can seem like it complicates your already hectic life. But we want to show you easier ways to add this to your daily routine. You’ll notice the benefits on your LSL journey, even if you just add small parts of it at first.

PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE MASTERY — FOR LSL FAMILIES

How can you add PKM to your daily routine? Let’s see what a day could look like for one parent of a child with hearing loss.

Meet Molly and her son, Ben.

Baby Ben was diagnosed with hearing loss shortly after failing his newborn hearing screening at the rural Nebraska hospital where he was born. Ever since, his parents, Molly and Jake, have been on a journey to learn about their son’s hearing loss condition and how to help him reach his full potential.

Following his diagnosis, Ben was fitted with hearing aids at six weeks of age. Molly and Jake chose LSL as the communication approach that was best in line with their dreams for their son. They do their best to learn about and keep up with LSL strategies, but between late-night feedings and adjusting to all the changes a new baby brings, it can be a challenge.

Knowing that it’s sometimes hard for families to find the time to keep up with the latest LSL strategies and techniques, we've created an infographic to show just how easy it can be to incorporate PKM into your daily life.

For Molly, her day of connected learning starts at 8 a.m. ...

KEY TAKEAWAYS

We hope it’s been helpful to see a few different ways you can manage and utilize your personal knowledge networks as an LSL family. Here are a few tips for making it even easier:

  • Out running errands or traveling? Listen to podcasts in your car for more opportunities to learn on the go.
  • Social bookmarking tools and customized news feeds from online sources can help you organize, manage and keep track of massive amounts of material.
  • Information you gather from online sources can be shared with other parents at play dates, get togethers, support groups or on personal blogs.
  • In addition to connecting with information, you can find and connect with online mentors for support, networking and coaching.

Once you understand the process, it’s easy to add small pieces of it to your daily behavior.  Eventually, you’ll begin to instinctively use Seek-Sense-Share and PKM in your daily life. At Hearing First, we’re working to make that a whole lot easier for everyone on the LSL journey–including families like yours. The site captures the entire LSL journey, speaking to families at different stages of their journey, while providing information and resources that can make it easier. We’re currently creating more opportunities for LSL parents to connect, learn and collaborate with each other.

Knowing the reason for all of this is crucial–you can help your child reach their full potential using Personal Knowledge Mastery.

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About the Author

Hearing First Team At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening, the advances in technology, and the early learning services in their communities. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success.

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