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As advances in amplification and cochlear implant technology are made, there is increased potential for children with all degrees and types of hearing loss to become effective listeners and users of spoken communication. Auditory-Verbal Therapy is a family-focused early intervention approach for children with hearing loss and their families, and is a compliment to the scientific and technological advances. The primary goal of Auditory-Verbal Therapy (or Listening and Spoken Language Intervention) is to help parents learn how to manage their child’s hearing health and auditory environment so that learning opportunities within areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication are maximized during daily routines and life. This course will provide overview of the principles of LSLS Auditory-Verbal Therapy, evidence-informed strategies used to facilitate listening and spoken language development, parent coaching fundamentals, and the basics of goal setting and charting of diagnostic information in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication. The learner will be shown multiple video clips of one therapy session with a young child and her father, and the guided learning multiple-choice questions will help the learner become more more adept at identifying and putting the fundamentals of Auditory-Verbal Therapy into practice.
Children with severe-to-profound hearing loss now have the option of receiving bilateral cochlear implants simultaneously or sequentially. In addition, many children who already have a cochlear implant are now being implanted with their second cochlear implant. There are essentially four auditory processes that are supported by bilateral hearing, that contribute to the overall processing of auditory stimuli. These include binaural interaction, speech sound discrimination, temporal processing and dichotic listening. In addition, both bottom-up factors (sensory encoding) and top-down factors (cognition, language, attention and other higher-order functions) work together to affect overall processing of auditory input. Aural rehabilitation practitioners can help parents learn to create exciting and meaningful auditory experiences that will enable the child with bilateral cochlear implants to develop and refine those auditory processing skills that are supported by bilateral hearing, in a developmental manner. The aural rehabilitation practitioner and audiologist, in collaboration with the child’s parent(s) develop an individualized treatment plan to ensure both cochlear implants are working well and consistently, and that conditions exist to support the successful integration of the child’s cochlear implants. This course will provide an overview of the development of auditory skills with bilateral cochlear implants and the strategies used to develop bilateral hearing. Video clips of a session with a child with bilateral cochlear implants provide guided learning opportunities.