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Connected Learning: Improving LSL Outcomes, Part 2

By Hearing First TeamNovember 11, 2015

Connected Learning | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, powering potential, learning community, community of practice, professional learning community

Today’s digital tools provide significant connected learning and growth opportunities for LSL professionals and families. Learn how to embrace 21st century learning technology to improve LSL outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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LSL Up! Meet the Members of Your LSL Team

By Hearing First TeamNovember 10, 2015

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, LSL journey, powering potential, parent-professional partnerships

Meet the LSL professionals! Learn all the about the specialists that parents of a child with hearing loss may need on their LSL team to support them in achieving their listening and spoken language goals. Remember, better results happen when families and professionals partner together!

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The Results Are In: Learn What to do After a Newborn Hearing Screening

By Hearing First TeamNovember 5, 2015

"Hearing First" | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, hearing technology, parent advice, newborn hearing screening, hearing testing

97% of all newborn babies in the U.S. receive a hearing screening — but most expecting parents don’t understand how essential this test is to their baby’s future. Hearing loss is the single most common birth anomaly, yet it’s rarely on our radar. Learn what to do if your baby has failed their newborn hearing screening.

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Connected Learning: Improving LSL Outcomes, Part 1

By Hearing First TeamNovember 2, 2015

Connected Learning | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, powering potential, professional perspective, connected learning, professional learning community, community of practice, learning community, professional home

Online communities and learning networks can provide ideas and answers, reduce isolation, and give “just in time” access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration. Learn why the Hearing First team chose digital tools to equip parents and professionals — and see what Connected Learning can offer the LSL community.

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3 Ways to Apply LSL to Fun Fall Festivities

By Hearing First TeamOctober 29, 2015

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, parent advice, professional advice, LSL techniques, LSL strategies, LSL by the season

The Fall season brings many new opportunities to introduce your child to new sounds and language on their LSL journey. Discover how you can use seasonal festivities to introduce new and fun ways to apply LSL strategies for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to engage and learn every day of the year. 

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Making the LSL Story Mainstream

By Hearing First TeamOctober 27, 2015

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, LSL outcomes, LSL story, LSL journey, share LSL, mainstream

When presented with complete information about all of their communication options, more than 90% of parents choose a spoken language outcome for their child. Yet LSL claims roughly 1% share of voice online. Learn how you can share your story — and redefine what’s possible in the lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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The Wheel That Makes LSL Go Round!

By Hearing First TeamOctober 22, 2015

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, powering potential, LSL outcomes, parent advice, LSL plan

Learn why the LSL journey is more like a wheel than a straight path. Then see how it can be a helpful roadmap of what it will take to help a child with hearing loss reach the best outcomes.

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The Parent-LSL Professional Partnership

By Hearing First TeamOctober 20, 2015

LSL Intervention Practice | listening and spoken language, powering potential, LSL outcomes, parent advice, professional advice, powering partnerships, parent-professional partnerships, Celebrate LSL

There are great parallels to be drawn between partner dancing and the parent-professional partnership that helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential.

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Equipping Families of Children With Hearing Loss With the Power to Choose

By Hearing First TeamOctober 15, 2015

"Hearing First" | listening and spoken language, powering potential

Advances in hearing technology and early intervention have redefined what’s possible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. As parents envision the future they want for their baby and choose the approach most likely to get them there — they need access to complete information about the options and outcomes. Learn how informed choice helps families make the best choice for their child.

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Deaf Children are Learning to Listen and Talk

By Hearing First TeamOctober 12, 2015

"Hearing First" | listening and spoken language, powering potential, mission, Celebrate LSL

In today’s rapidly changing world, “what’s possible” is changing all the time. This is especially true for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A hearing loss diagnosis means something different today than it once did. Learn about the shifts in understanding and advances in technology that are expanding more possibilities than ever before.

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