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Auditory Skills Training (AST) is a form of client/family-centred aural rehabilitation that’s provided to older children, teenagers and adults with newly acquired cochlear implant(s) and their families. AST is the application of techniques, strategies, conditions and procedures that promote the optimal acquisition of listening skills. The Level 1 Certification in Auditory Skills Training (AST) Training Program will introduce the professional to Auditory Skills Training (AST) and following successful completion of all 3 parts of the Level 1 Certification in AST Training Program, the participant will receive Level 1 Certification in AST. This 3-day workshop is the Instructional Portion of the Level 1 Certification in AST Training Program. During the workshop, the participant will learn: the science behind aural rehabilitation; hierarchy of auditory skills development following cochlear implantation; expected rates of progress and auditory performance of various cohorts of cochlear implant recipients; the selection and execution of strategies and management of conditions that will facilitate listening skills development; and the collaborative process between Auditory Skills Training practitioner, the CI recipient, family member(s), audiologist and/or other members of the CI team. Video and live demonstrations of AST will be presented throughout the course for therapy analysis, goal setting and charting practice. Participants will be expected to work in groups to execute mock AST sessions for practice. The participant will be required to take an online exam within the three-week period following completion of the instructional portion of the Level 1 AST Training Program to assess achievement of the course's learner outcomes.
The Level 1 AST Mentoring Process is designed to provide guidance to the new practitioner in the selection of goals and activites, the execution and charting of an AST session. The mentoring process requires all workshop participants seeking completion of Level 1 AST Certification to complete three days of mentoring; the first of which to take place in December of 2019; the second to take place in April of 2020; and the third to take place in August of 2020. The Mentoring process will take place through tele-conference (Zoom), and participation is mandatory. Each learner will provide a 10-minute clip of their AST session and the course instructor will provide feedback and guidance, and discussion with other course participants will take place. These mentoring sessions are to provide consistent guidance, consultation services and support for new AST practitioner. Following completion of all mentoring sessions, the participant will be eligible to take an online exam for Level 1 AST Certification.
Updates in research, hearing science, hearing technology and what we know about family centred care/intervention has changed the landscape of Auditory-Verbal Practice. This three-day workshop will provide the learner with the opportunity to learn how these updates influence Auditory-Verbal Practice today; and to explore why strategies we use in Auditory-Verbal Practice promote listening, talking and thinking in very young children. There will be video presentations of therapy sessions and case studies, and the opportunity to see live therapy.
Parents play a starring role in helping their children develop spoken language through listening. During the past decade, child language research has been focusing on what parents do to help their children develop exquisite listening and spoken language skills. We have discovered that when parents engage in 3-D conversations with their children, listening and spoken language learning opportunities are quantifiably and qualitatively rich. Dr. Morrison will explain what 3-D conversations are and the role the intervention professionals plays in helping parents learn to create optimal conditions that set the child up for conversational (and spoken language) success!
KAREN MACIVER LUX