Share Your LSL Story with StoryCorps 2016

By Hearing First Team November 10, 2016

"Hearing First" | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, hearing technology, parent advice, LSL journey, LSL story, holidays

Your listening and spoken language (LSL) story has the power to equip, encourage and inspire a family just when they need it most. Read about “The Great Listen” project from StoryCorps and a great opportunity to share your family’s LSL story.

One of the biggest challenges the Listening and Spoken Language(LSL) (Auditory-Verbal) world faces is that very few people understand babies diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk.

We want all parents to know the status of their baby's hearing as early as possible. If their baby is diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing, we want them to receive complete and accurate information so they can make the best decision for their family. We know when parents are presented with complete information, a majority will choose a LSL outcome for their child. We also know many families aren’t always given the information they need to make that choice. Last year we posted about informed choice and our belief that parents have the right to all the facts when considering this important decision.

Your Story is Powerful!

If you’re a parent or professional within the LSL community and celebrate positive LSL outcomes, you may have wondered what more you can do to get the word out beyond your own family and friends.  One of the most significant things you can do is share your story with others.  Every LSL journey is different, and your story can equip, encourage and inspire another family just when they need it most. Stories are very powerful!

The Great Listen Opportunity

Last year, we heard about “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” project.  You can learn more by reading our post from last year on our site. This special StoryCorps project encourages children to learn from adults in their lives and to share stories that are meaningful to their family. For the past 13 years, Americans have been sharing their stories through StoryCorps, contributing to the organization's mission to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. The StoryCorps mobile app allows people everywhere to record their story and have it archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

More than 100,000 individuals took part in the StoryCorps project last year. That’s a lot of stories!

Why do we share all of this? 

Here’s how it works:

The StoryCorps “Great Thanksgiving Listen”

When: Prepare your story in the coming weeks and share it during the Thanksgiving holiday . 
What: Participants from across the country are invited to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation by interviewing their elders.
How to participate the LSL Way:

  • Download the free StoryCorps app.

If you’re a parent:

  • Assist your child with hearing loss to interview an adult about their experience with your child’s diagnosis, getting cochlear implants, attending weekly intervention and the path toward LSL.
  • The interviewee can be a parent, a grandparent or a professional they meet with for intervention services.
  • Upload your story, share it via social media and tag #HearingFirst, #LSLStories and #TheGreatListen.

If you’re a hearing loss professional:
This is a great activity for your intervention sessions. This experience can help students develop:

  • Research, archiving and planning skills.
  • Speaking skills that enable them to express ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Listening skills that reflect increased comprehension, lead to critical analysis and advance discussion.
  • An increased connectedness to community.
  • A deepened sense of social awareness, exhibited by appreciation for diversity and respect for others.

We’ve created a special interview handout to use as a guide for the kind of questions your child could ask. SHARE YOUR LSL STORY HANDOUT.

StoryCorps can be used by youth ages 13 and up, using the app with parental consent. Learn more here. 

This Thanksgiving, it would be amazing if stories pour in that highlight what is  possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing today through LSL. We hope to hear stories that will help families understand their options and possible outcomes – stories that help parents and professionals feel less isolated on their journey.

So, join us in The Great Thanksgiving Listen and tell your LSL story today!

Download our interview handout to use as a guide for the kind of questions your child can ask.

"Hearing First" | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, hearing technology, parent advice, LSL journey, LSL story, holidays

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.