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The 'poetry' of parent-professional partnership

Posted by Pamela Aasen on July 28, 2016 12:07 AM

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I often wonder if the professionals that work with our children really know the impact they have on our lives.

I have two boys with bilateral cochlear implants. Within the cochlear implant world, I have been so fortunate to work with therapists, audiologists, social workers and doctors that have treated my children like their own. All these professionals played a role in guiding my husband and me on the...

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It all starts with play...

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on February 3, 2016 12:02 AM

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
– Kay Redfield Jamison

When I came across this quote, it made me stop and think.

Play is a necessity. Interesting. Necessary for what? The importance of play for everyone has gotten a lot of attention in research and literature in recent years. In adults, play means something different to different people – playing...

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What comes first? Short-term objectives or the toy?

Posted by Karen MacIver-Lux on January 21, 2016 12:01 AM

I’m a toy enthusiast. Luckily for me, as an auditory-verbal practitioner, toys are the tools of my trade and I can share my love of toys with the children I work with and their families.

I have to admit, however, that toys have gotten me into trouble at times. Not trouble of the financial kind; the goal setting kind.

In other words, I have sacrificed appropriately...

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Literacy is important to speech development

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on November 26, 2015 12:11 AM

Parents involved in speech therapy sessions with their children may expect to take part in games and imitation tasks during visits. They may be curious about, or frustrated by, time spent looking at books and reading stories during the precious time they have set aside for their child’s therapy sessions with their Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

It is well-known in the Speech-Language Pathology community that children with speech and language...

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Realizing the potential of group therapy

Posted by Margit Pukonen on October 19, 2015 12:10 AM

Many administrators and clinicians think of group therapy as a means of increasing the number of children in service.  This is true to a point but it will not increase numbers exponentially.  There is a limit to the number of children a clinician can effectively treat at any one time due the planning and documentation requirements associated with service delivery.  After many years of running speech and language therapy...

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A paradigm shift in practice

Posted by Becky Clem on September 15, 2015 12:09 AM

Do you ever have someone inquire, “Why did you decide to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)/Audiologist (Aud.)/Teacher of Children with Hearing Loss/Deafness (TOD)?”  I love to share that my dad’s profession as a reconstructive and plastic surgeon led me to speech-language pathology.  His work with children with cleft lip and palate and his belief that SLPs played a critical role in his patients’ speech and language development influenced my...

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Eating and how can complicate speaking

Posted by Glynnis Dubois on November 26, 2014 12:11 AM

I know that it may sound odd, but chewing and swallowing and speaking are so interrelated that they truly depend on each other. As with so many other developmental milestones, the ability to speak depends on other, earlier changes happening in the mouth. Just as children need to develop the muscle strength and coordination to crawl, climb and cruise before they can walk, a child’s mouth—specifically the tongue and...

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Let Your Holiday Toys and Decorations Do The Talking ALL Year Round!

Posted by Karen MacIver-Lux on December 19, 2014 12:12 AM

At this time of the year, many people around the world are celebrating different holidays,  some Hanukkah, while others are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a jolly fellow in a red suit on Christmas eve or morning.  Decorations have been put up and gifts are waiting to be opened.

At SoundIntuition, we are using this time to celebrate the toys and decorations of the holiday season, and the professionals and families around...

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Do you T.H.I.N.K. when providing intervention?

Posted by Karen MacIver-Lux on February 6, 2015 12:02 AM

Auditory-verbal therapists spend a lot of time coaching, providing feedback and engaging in collaborative discussions with parents. Speech-language pathologists, audiologists, teachers and other early intervention professionals (professionals) are no exception. Effective communication is recognized as a priority across the health care continuum because it directly affects the quality of patient care, safety, medi-care outcomes and patient satisfaction (1995).

Occasionally, professionals may need to deliver news or feedback that can...

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Listen to me now: A letter from the future

Posted by Mikaeel Valli on February 23, 2015 12:02 AM

Dear Mom and Dad,

You are probably both wondering who this person is who is writing to you. It’s me, your son, Mikaeel writing this letter from the future as a 21 year old, but for now, you both know me as your young four year old, being raised beside my bustling older brother, Talib. Raising two young boys and balancing your work demands has, without a doubt, been keeping you both very...

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Red flags for Apraxia in children: What should therapists or parents do if they suspect their child has Apraxia?

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on March 4, 2015 12:03 AM

Every now and then, a very concerned, often nervous-looking, parent tentatively asks me, “Do you think my child has Apraxia?”  In my life as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) working with preschoolers, parents put a lot of faith in my clinical judgement to help their children become better communicators.  I need to honour that trust by being truthful with them and by giving them the best information and guidance...

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A Global Effort to Help Children With Hearing Loss in Vietnam Learn to Listen and Talk

Posted by Paige Stringer on April 28, 2015 12:04 AM

The sounds of children laughing and chatting on the playground are what first greet visitors approaching the gates of the early intervention building at Thuan An Center in Vietnam. One would think this was a typical playground scene found anywhere in the world, and it is, save for one extraordinary element. These young children, vocally communicating with each other and their parents, are all deaf or hard of...

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Hearing screenings for home birth babies

Posted by Shannon Palmer on June 17, 2015 12:06 AM

Imagine a family anxiously anticipating the birth of their child. Mom gives birth to a healthy baby girl in a hospital in Michigan. Michigan is a state that has implemented universal newborn hearing screening. The baby’s hearing is screened and they are immediately referred to an audiologist. Hearing tests reveal that the baby has a permanent hearing loss. The baby is fit with hearing aids and the family...

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Help! Teachers can't understand my child's speech

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on July 29, 2015 12:07 AM

In my time working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I’ve come to believe that our ability to effectively and efficiently communicate with anyone we meet can have a great impact on how we feel about ourselves and the people around us. Our ability to communicate can also have an impact on how others perceive us.

In my clinical work with toddlers, preschoolers and even school-aged children, parents often...

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Why audiologists should care about the ten principles of LSLS Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Posted by Stacey Lim on November 11, 2014 12:11 AM

As an individual who has been a recipient of auditory-verbal therapy, I consider myself fortunate to have had an excellent paediatric audiologist who provided my parents – and me – with knowledge about hearing loss, hearing technology, and how to develop spoken language skills. As I’ve joined the audiology profession, I have reflected on the guiding principles of auditory-verbal practice and what role audiologists can play as they serve...

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The 'Say NO to Selection Tasks' challenge

Posted by Karen MacIver-Lux on September 12, 2014 12:09 AM

There’s a good chance that you’ve taken a challenge of some kind.

Everyone loves a challenge, especially when it’s a challenge that leads to something good.

That ‘something good’ could be an extraordinary accomplishment. Like an entry into the World Guinness Book of Records—one mother I worked with pulled a 109,000 lb. train 73 feet and 6 inches with eleven of her cross fit partners in...

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Music and movement

Posted by Glynnis Dubois on August 21, 2014 12:08 AM

As a speech-language pathologist who provides auditory-verbal therapy and a Kinderdance instructor, I have a strong belief in the importance of music and movement to support listening, speech, and language development in preschool children. I also like to incorporate early literacy skills into my Kinderdance classes and love to watch the children have fun while at the same time learning so many new skills- it flows so naturally from music!...

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Letter to my ten year old self

Posted by Jonathan Samson on July 25, 2015 12:07 AM

Dear 10 year old Jonathan,

Hi kid, it’s me, or actually your 43 year-old self from your future. I’ve just finished working with your brother Noam on some exciting new investments that we’ve been following.

You don’t realize it yet, but with unwavering support from your family, you have set the groundwork for great things to come.

It all began with your parents making the...

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Trust your instinct - and support it with evidence

Posted by Erin Smith on May 12, 2014 12:05 AM

PART 1

I believe that clinical ‘instinct’ is developed through professional experience and reflective practice. Yes, I had acquired a great deal of knowledge during my graduate studies in speech-language pathology and by the time I graduated, I understood, at a theoretical level, stages of child development, fluency and head injuries — how and why “A” can lead to “B”. What I lacked, however, was the clinical...

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What do parents value most about their experience with auditory-verbal therapy and education?

Posted by Melanie Ribich on April 28, 2014 12:04 AM

I recently had the opportunity to read through 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice edited by Warren Estabrooks. It was fascinating to me as a parent to read what professionals from around the world have to say on a wide variety of topics relating to Auditory-Verbal Practice.

One article that I found particularly interesting was the response to the question What do parents value...

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Literacy and Auditory-verbal practice

Posted by Stacey Lim on March 21, 2014 12:03 AM

Literacy is the ability to use printed and written information to function in society to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.
-National Assessment of Adult Literacy

When I was in high school, I read a statistic that the national reading average for adults who were deaf was a fourth grade reading level. To me, that was a shocking and sobering statistic.  This statistic...

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Partnering with parents/caregivers is pivotal to success

Posted by Rebecca Siomra on May 21, 2014 12:05 AM

To learn, we go to school.
To feel better, we go to the doctor.
To maintain our car, we go to the mechanic.
To get our children to communicate, we go to the speech-language pathologist.

While there is some truth to all of these statements, there is also a lot more involved in reaching the desired outcomes.

More complete statements might be:

To learn, we...

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My clinic piano as a teaching moment ... for me

Posted by Marshal Chasin on March 14, 2014 12:03 AM

I have long known about the research of Dr. Brian Moore, specifically about his work with dead regions in the cochlea.  I have even purchased and used the TENS test to determine whether or not a region was healthy  enough to receive amplified sound.  “Cochlear dead regions” is a phrase that refers to a very significant amount of damage to the inner hair cells in the cochlea such that amplification...

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Common Myths about AVT (part 1 of series)

Posted by Karen MacIver-Lux on March 12, 2014 12:03 AM

I once attended a conference of audiologists and while waiting for the shuttle bus to take me back to the hotel, an audiologist approached me to ask how I was enjoying the conference. After we had exchanged introductions and information about our practices, she asked a number of questions that we have decided to share in a series of blogs in the hope that we can dispel some of...

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Do I need an AVT room in my house?

Posted by Melanie Ribich on March 7, 2014 12:03 AM with 1 comments

Two of the questions I used to ask myself were: do I need to set up a therapy room in my house? and, How often do I need to sit down and do therapy with my child?

Elizabeth Rosenzweig of Cochlear Implant Online wrote, “in Auditory-Verbal Therapy, parents come to center stage to play a key role in the show.”

As a mom, I realize that active parent involvement in...

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