Let's Hear it for Almigal

Meet author Wendy Kupfer and her daughter, Ali Axelrod, who is the inspiration behind the Mom’s Choice Awards children’s book, “Let’s Hear It For Almigal!” This course provides an overview of the research on self-concept of children with hearing loss and the value of reading aloud. Discover creative ideas of how this book can be used to encourage young children to develop positive self-concept, social emotional competency and skills in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition, social communication, and literacy. 



ASHA/0.05, Professional, Intermediate. LSLS AGBell/0.5  Domains 2, 3, 4, 8

Related Specialties

  • AUD
  • SLP
  • EDU
  • AVT
  • AVE
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.5 hrs

A pass rate of 80% will be required during the online test/quiz to earn continuing credit.

Course Description
Children and adolescents with hearing loss are in need of support to foster positive self-concept (Moeller, 2007) and social-emotional development (Stevenson, Kreppner, Pimperton, Worsfold & Kennedy, 2015). Picture books full of positive words on children with (or without) hearing loss who handle conflicting emotions and make the choice to feel good about themselves can be a powerful tool in building self-concept (Anderson, 2013).  In this course, the learner will meet Wendy Kupfer, who is the author of  “Let’s Hear It for Almigal!” an award winning (Mom’s Choice Awards) book about Almigal, a spunky little girl with a big personality who’s determined to hear “every single sound in the whole entire universe!” Almigal enjoys life (and gets in trouble too!) with her new cochlear implant and her friends whose differences make them shine. Wendy’s family members and life experiences are the inspiration behind Almigal’s story; her daughter, Ali Axelrod, has a bilateral profound hearing loss. Wendy and Ali share their perspectives on Ali’s journey to achieving positive self-concept and feeling of belonging and acceptance in both the hearing and Deaf world. A brief overview of the research on self-concept of children with hearing loss and the value of reading aloud will be presented along with quick tips for parents and professionals. This book is a delightful tool to help children with hearing loss view themselves in a positive way. Examples of how this book can be used to help children develop skills in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and concepts, communication, and literacy will be presented in the resources. 

Learner outcomes

1.   Explain how children may view their hearing loss and themselves at different stages in the life.
2.   Describe research findings on children with hearing loss and their self-concept.
3.   Incorporate tips into practice and life with children with hearing loss that may help encourage and foster positive self-concept.
4.   Identify short-term goals in areas of audition, speech, language, cognition and concepts, communication, and literacy that can be developed with the book, “Let’s Hear It For Almigal!”








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Wendy Kupfer and Ali Axelrod


Wendy Kupfer knows Almigal’s story well. Doctors diagnosed her daughter Ali at the age of 10 months with a profound hearing loss and predicted she would never speak, but the doctors underestimated this unbeatable mother-daughter team. Wendy ’s dedication

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