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Hello everyone! The 2018 season is about to get started in a month or so. Do check the website at www.smart-ears.com to get more information about all the workshops, and to register. Hope to see some of you online!

Fall 2017 Workshop series is now open for registration. Learn not only the basics, but practical ideas for all aspects of working with children who have a hearing loss learning to listen and talk. Go to www.smart-ears.com

RECORDED WEBINAR --
I'm happy to announce our first recorded webinar -- Case Studies in Auditory Skills Assessment - Case 1. After the Assessment workshop, many said they needed more practice with using the PALM to assess different types of auditory skills. So we've tried to provide a more detailed case study for practice. For more information, go to the web site at www.smart-ears.com/workshops

My favorites -- Toontastic and toontastic jr -- build and make animated cartoons! These are more for the kids closer to 4 and up, but they really make a big difference. You can work on vocabulary through listening, model narratives and actually record conversations. These are free apps!

My favorites -- Book Creator - a wonderful way to use the iPad for making stories, taking pictures for experience books etc. The best thing is you can record your own sentences, and then listen to the 'book' on the iPad. some of the kids I work with listen to these while in the car going from one place to another!

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2017 Spring Workshops under way. Just began the Spring workshop series -- looking forward to meeting many new interventionists during he workshops! If you would like to enroll in a workshop -- go to www.smart-ears.com/workshops for information.

Here are some citations of research related to reorganization of the auditory cortex with auditory stimulation.





1.    http://www.fcei2012.org/files/

f2/Sharma.pdf


2.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC2696307/


3.  Published in final edited form as:

J Commun Disord. 2009 Jul–Aug;

42(4): 272–279.

Published online 2009 Apr 5. doi:

10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.03.003 



Using a flashlight :::  

This can work wonders for children who have poor vision or difficulties with visual discrimination. Simply shine a flashlight on the target objects and it will be much easier for the child to establish joint attention on the object with you. 

For children with multiple disabilities where hearing loss and vision are affected severely,  a simple enclosure of a crate with puck lights (these are the ones that you just stick to the underside of cabinets and work on batteries) serves to maintain focus on objects placed inside. 

There was a question about flannel board activities in the activities workshop, and we didn't have time to address it during the workshop. So I thought I would elaborate here. 

In addition to remade planner board stories, I often cut out simple shapes to make items such as water, houses, trees, a sun, flowers etc. Every week, depending on what stage of listening I'm working on I make different colors, different sizes etc. Then, I can combine these with manipulative for very young children, or use them as is with preschoolers or older children. The routine I follow is
1.  Say what we're going to do (We're going to tell a story, or let's make a pretty picture!) while sitting beside the child
2. Hide the flannel board pieces in a bag
3. If the child is old enough, do a 'what do you think I have?' or what "should we make?" . You should use these with the parent, or an aide, or a puppet if no third person is available. 
4. Say what you have --- then take it out 
repeat this to build you picture or tell your story. 
At the end, practice discrimination at 1,2,3 or 4 critical elements as you put the pieces away. 

You can also simply take cutouts on paper and put the rough velcro on the back -- this works just as well on a flannel board.

Have fun!!!

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