Listening and Spoken Language

Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) implement Auditory Verbal Therapy which employs techniques and strategies promoting the acquisition of spoken language and literacy through listening. Results of early diagnosis as well as the advancement in hearing technologies such as cochlear implantation, digital hearing aids, and integrated FM systems have given children with hearing loss the opportunity to develop spoken language, acquire advanced listening skills and succeed in mainstream educational environments. Students are taught to use their amplification and residual hearing to maximize their capacity to process verbal language and communicate using speech.

Listening and Spoken Language Specialists guide families to help their children develop spoken language through listening. The child’s parent or primary caregiver is a crucial component in the intervention process, which follows developmental models of audition, speech, language, cognition and communication. High expectations are maintained in listening, spoken language, literacy and independence so that students with hearing loss have many educational, social and vocational options in life.

We have two certified LSLS professionals on staff:

  • Carla M. Dorsey, MA CCC/SLP LSLS Cert. AVT
  • Cassie Oakes, MA CCC/SLP LSLS Cert. AVT

Our Listening and Spoken Language Specialists work closely with parents, teachers and audiologists to ensure that listening and spoken language is developed to each child’s optimal potential.

Click here to visit the website for the Listening and Spoken Language Center - Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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