Babies whose hearing issues are detected at birth, who receive hearing-devices and who start auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) before their first birthday, can have age-appropriate language within six months, according to a recent webinar from Hear And Say (Australia). Founder, Dimity Dornan, presented Is Auditory Verbal Therapy Effective? to highlight the family-centred teaching approach of social skills and listening-based cognitive strategies. Meantime, The Hearing Journal noted in
US-based educator Ben Johnson, who teaches Spanish, tells of his lightbulb moment on discovering classroom soundfield systems at a recent educational technology conference: When you go to the movies, plays, or even concerts, the rooms are equipped with a sound system so everyone can hear. Why don’t we do that in classrooms? Isn’t it critical
The first-ever book for families, audiologists and teachers working to teach second, spoken languages to children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, is now available. Its author, Michael Douglas, a certified auditory-verbal therapist (AVT), was based at the University of Houston from 2010 to 2012. Read: Dual Language-Learning for Children With Hearing Loss Some people are
Lip-reading can be an imprecise science at times, but certain children and individuals find it’s a lifeline to understanding what’s said around them. Babies naturally look at peoples’ faces when their attention is attracted, or they are spoken to. It’s never too early to teach lipreading, regardless of how a baby is going to communicate eventually. Babies Lipread
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