Trainings and Workshops:
We are excited to be providing the following trainings to support professionals in their development using the L2L Action Plans.
1. Amplification and Auditory Access
The course will offer providers a deeper look at a child’s access to sound and a family’s ability to thoroughly understand all aspects of their child’s hearing loss. Consistent high quality access to the sounds of speech is critical to a child’s success developing listening and spoken language skills.
L2L Questions 1-4
- What percentage of children on your caseload are wearing hearing technology all waking hours, 8-10 hours/day)?
- What percentage of families on your caseload conduct daily listening checks and demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot hearing technology?
- What percentage of families on your caseload can accurately describe their child’s hearing loss to other people?
- What percentage of families on your caseload advocate for an optimal acoustically sound listening environment across setting?
2. Auditory Skill Development
Auditory skill development is the process a child moves through as he/she learns to use sound to develop listening and spoken language skills. Each stage in the auditory skill development hierarchy is unique yet intertwined and critical to a child’s success building oral language. This course will examine each stage of auditory skill development and it’s critical links to early oral language skills. We will highlight effective strategies and activities to expand a child’s listening skills within a family-centered intervention approach.
L2L Questions 5-8
- What percentage of families on your caseload embed listening opportunities into all aspects of their child’s daily life?
- What percentage of families on your caseload assess their child’s auditory discrimination skills consistently?
- What percentage of families on your caseload consistently elicit verbal responses from their child in most daily activities?
- What percentage of families on your caseload effectively use strategies to increase their child’s auditory comprehension level across settings?
3. Supporting Early Language Development
Early Language Development requires rich and meaningful input as a child moves their daily activities. We will look closely at shaping the quantity and quality of an adult’s language model and how a child uses that INPUT to develop listening and spoken language skills.
L2L Questions 9-13
- What percentage of parents on your caseload use effective strategies to expand their child’s vocabulary skills?
- What percentage of families on your caseload effectively expand their child’s expressive language skills in daily activities?
- What percentage of families on your caseload use books to expand the child’s listening and language skills?
- What percentage of families on your caseload use play to expand the child’s listening and language skills?
- What percentage of families on your caseload use singing and music to expand the child’s listening and language skills?
4. Family Support and Resources
Providing high quality family-centered early intervention is the professional responsibility of each early intervention provider. We will discover tools and develop strategies to identify and make a family’s needs and interests a focal point of intervention. Learn to strengthen your respect for the family’s journey and to plan a course that best meets the needs and desires of each family.
L2L Questions 14-15
- What percentage of families on your caseload use at least 4 natural daily routines to expand listening and language development.
- What percentage of families on your caseload are identifying the family’s strengths and building effective plans to enable them to plan, direct, and lead sessions based on their current objectives?
- What percentage of parents on your caseload effectively plan and guide focus of the session?
Provider Self-Assessment Tool:
The L2L is a tool designed to help Early Intervention providers systematically identify and prioritize how to support listening and spoken language. This tool allows providers to reflect if and how much families are using specific skills needed for listening and spoken language development, to rate their own level of comfort and ability to model that skill, and to identify their knowledge and use of specific strategies with families in their daily lives.
The L2L can be used in a variety of ways:
For individual providers identify strengths and opportunities for skill development
For mentors to use to systematically support providers who wish to specialize
For early intervention systems to identify and prioritize professional development training opportunities
When completing the L2L providers can consider their whole caseload or take a more in-depth look at a specific family’s needs and skills and their ability to use the information to coach parents effectively.