Parent & Professional Partnerships
In listening and spoken language (LSL) intervention you, other family members, and caregivers will attend the sessions with your baby and work closely with your LSL early interventionist to learn the strategies to teach your baby to listen and talk. For a baby with hearing loss, better results happen when families and professionals work together. This requires commitment from everyone working with your baby.
UNDERSTANDING THE PARENT AND PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP
In the LSL approach, the relationship between you and the professionals you work with should be respectful, supporting, trusting, and collaborative. Each person attending the intervention sessions with your baby needs to actively participate. At different times during your intervention sessions you and your interventionist will take turns leading and following in order to practice the skills with your baby.
You are an equal partner in LSL intervention. You share in the responsibility to help your baby achieve their goals. You are your baby’s first teacher, and as the parent, you are the decision-maker and the one to speak and act on behalf of your child.
YOUR LSL PROFESSIONAL AS A GUIDE AND COACH
Your LSL professional is your personal coach in the journey to teach your baby to listen and talk. Just like any effective coach, your interventionist should have training and experience in parent coaching and can share information in the ways you learn best. Your interventionist will help grow your confidence and competence to help you reach the goals you have for your baby. You'll become empowered to be your baby’s first teacher.
It’s important to make sure the professional you work with is able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills to help you and your baby achieve LSL goals.
Your Role as a Parent in LSL Intervention
As the parent, you make magic happen with your little one. With appropriate guidance, you are the one who makes the dreams for your child come to life. That’s what family-centered intervention is all about – supporting you and your family to reach the goals you have for your child. Therefore, it’s important that you clearly understand your role in LSL intervention.
Remember, in LSL practice you are considered your baby’s first and most important teacher. After all, you know your baby better than anyone, and you are the one that your baby spends the most time with.
Becoming Your Baby’s First Teacher
There are many things that you’ll do to be your baby’s first teacher:
- Make sure your baby wears their hearing devices all waking hours.
- Attend all LSL intervention sessions with your baby or ask another family member or caregiver to attend.
- During the session, take a turn and practice using the strategies so you can use them confidently at home.
- In between sessions, use the strategies and techniques in daily routines with your baby at home and in the community.
- Make sure all family members know about your baby’s hearing devices and understand your baby’s goals.
CREATING A POSITIVE LSL PARTNERSHIP
As a parent, you are the most important member of the LSL team. You’ll interact with many professionals on the LSL journey including audiologists, LSL interventionists, and all the others you may need, such as childcare workers, teachers, doctors, and nurses. All of these team members are important professionals who will work hard to help you achieve your goals. It’s important that all of the professionals work with you and work together to provide information, help you learn new skills, share responsibilities, and respect one another. Strong teams aren’t built overnight. Here are some tips to consider when building and maintaining a strong team for your baby:
- Commit to helping your baby learn to listen, talk, and read.
- Recognize the unique roles of all team members.
- Communicate with professionals about how you like to learn new information.
- Develop a communication plan so that all team members will know the most important and up-to-date information about your baby.
- Attend meetings prepared to share and participate by writing down questions and concerns ahead of time and taking notes in the meeting.
Tap into the power of the camera! Record interactions with your child at home or out-and-about, then share the short segments with your interventionist. This creates a great look at your child’s progress over time.