Obtaining Quality LSL Services
Your listening and spoken language (LSL) journey will be unique to your baby and their needs. You’ll need to begin exploring the early intervention services available to you right away. You may have many options or only a few that you’re considering. These decisions can be difficult if you aren’t sure about the quality of the services or the LSL experience of the interventionists. You might ask, “How will I know if the services I’m getting will help my baby listen and talk?” Spend some time thinking about the information you need to make the best decision for you and your baby.
WHAT MAKES A QUALITY LSL PROFESSIONAL?
Building a quality LSL team to teach, advise, and support you and your family in achieving your LSL goals for your baby is very important. You’ll meet many different professionals and parents who will try to give you advice. While this can be a wonderful thing, it can also make it difficult to stay focused on what you desire for your baby’s future. Keep your eyes firmly on the LSL outcomes that you want and look for the right match of professionals that can help you get there.
Top 10 Practices Of Qualified LSL Professionals
Qualified early intervention and audiology LSL professionals with knowledge and skills in LSL practice will:
- Use best practices to evaluate your baby’s hearing
- Understand how to properly fit and troubleshoot hearing devices
- Explain evaluation results clearly and help you understand their meaning
- Guide and coach you to use LSL strategies and techniques
- Monitor your baby’s progress and make timely changes in goals
- Recognize you as your child’s first and most important teacher
- Clearly communicate expectations and work with you to set developmental goals
- Include you in decision-making
- Collaborate with others to support your needs
- Understand the most current best practices in the LSL field
What Are Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists?
Specialty certifications can be a sign of quality. The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language has a certification called Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLSTM). There are two designations that you might see: LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEdTM) and LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVTTM). Both LSLS AVT and AVEd certified professionals are considered highly qualified in the field of listening and spoken language.
You may have a LSLS professional practicing in your area. If you don’t have a LSLS professional in your area, look for early interventionists who have LSL experience or who are willing to learn LSL practices through the various professional development opportunities available.
You have a short critical window for your child to develop listening and spoken language, which means you’ll want to have high expectations for the professional providing early intervention services to you and your baby.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR EARLY INTERVENTIONIST ABOUT LSL SERVICES - To make sure you find a quality LSL professional, learn what kind of questions you should ask early interventionists about LSL services.
WHAT MAKES A QUALITY LSL PROGRAM?
Do you know what your options are for LSL services? Start the search for LSL services available in your state.
Early intervention programs providing LSL services vary across the country and you should explore your options to find out what LSL services and programs are available. These can include your state’s early intervention program, non-profit agencies or organizations, special schools, and/or private clinics or hospital programs.
Think about what you want for your baby and find a service that works best for your family.
Finding Quality LSL Services in Your State
You may not know anything about the specific services available where you live. If listening and spoken language is a goal for your baby, there are ways to find the quality LSL services you need.
- Locate a LSLS certified professional through the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language directory
- Search for LSL services in the directory maintained by the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Search for LSL services by state through the OPTION Schools website
- Find your state’s early intervention program (also known as a Part C program) and ask for information
- Contact your state’s newborn hearing screening program and ask for assistance to find early intervention services near you
- Ask your family physician or pediatrician for LSL services in your community
- Ask about distance therapy (also known as tele-intervention) if LSL services are not available near you
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
See the results of LSL early intervention as these children listen and talk.