Call for Proposals Now Open


2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium

Deadline for Proposals: November 5, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST

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The Brain Science of Hearing: Connecting New Pathways to Spoken Language

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland
July 9-11, 2015

Designed to meet the continuing education needs of professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language, the AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium is the premier event for cutting-edge best practices to support children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. This program contains focused content for experienced professionals in the field of listening and spoken language (LSL) and for those seeking more advanced information on hearing health science and practice.

AG Bell is seeking proposals for breakout session presentations, pre-symposium workshops and posters at the 2015 AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium.

Our understanding of the science behind spoken language development has changed dramatically in the last decade. As a result of universal newborn hearing screening, advancements in hearing technologies and access to inclusive education, children with hearing loss and their families have unprecedented opportunities to achieve any and all language, communication and educational goals they set. In order to best support children with hearing loss and their families, incorporating the latest scientific research related to brain development and neuroscience should be a top priority for LSL professionals. Therefore, the focus of the 2015 AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium will be the exploration of the developments in brain science that help us understand how infants, toddlers and children learn to understand and express spoken language, and then apply this knowledge to enhance intervention techniques and practices serving children using hearing technology.

Attendees of past symposia include:

  • Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS®)
  • Educators of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Early intervention specialists
  • Special education professionals
  • Public and private school administrators
  • General education professionals
  • Social workers
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Public policy professionals concerned with early intervention and education of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing 

AG Bell is seeking three types of proposals:

  1. Pre-symposium workshops will be presented on Thursday, July 9. Workshops will be 3.5-hour long (three hours of instruction with a 30-minute break) and the content must support at least one of the nine domains of listening and spoken language. To learn more about the nine domains of listening and spoken language, click here.
  2. Topics for pre-symposium workshops may include, but are not limited to:

    • Foundational information on the theory and application of hearing science
    • Auditory neuropathy, auditory processing disorders
    • Assessing auditory skill development
    • Effective application of advanced hearing technology (digital hearing aids, FM/DM systems, ear mold design, real ear measurements, fitting for high frequency losses, etc.)
    • Auditory-verbal techniques and procedures for infants, children, students and their families
    • Neurological auditory development
    • Literacy development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language, including foundational literacy skills
    • Collaborating with educators and clinicians in general education settings
    • Supporting families effectively
    • Data-driven instruction, acting on research being conducted in the classroom
    • Lessons learned from intervention studies in typical language development 

  3. Symposium breakout sessions will be presented on either July 10 or 11, as assigned. They will be 90 minutes in length. Content must address the delivery of evidence-based practice (EBP), be supported through outcome data, or present a research project demonstrating results that can be applied in therapy, classroom or home environments either directly, through telepractice or other innovative means.

  4. Poster presentations provide an opportunity to display materials on current research, showcase study results, or share special projects (even those still in progress) with symposium attendees.

    Selected posters will be displayed in the main Exhibition Hall for increased visibility and awareness about academic and/or scientific issues relevant to the deaf and hard of hearing community. Posters should not be promotional in nature. Preference will be given to proposals that apply principles of evidence-based practice (EBP). For more information regarding EBP, see descriptions on the following websites: Council of Exceptional Children or ASHA.

Ideally, presentations for the symposium should have a focus on effective intervention and services for families that are based on the latest research in brain development and how this relates to spoken language development in children. These presentations may add to the evidence base on children with hearing loss or come from a related field of neural development and/or typical language development. Examples of suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategies for listening and spoken language (LSL) providers—identify intervention practices which are based on the latest brain research and how laboratory assessment tools and intervention strategies may have clinical relevance for implementation into LSL practice; e.g., applying new understanding of brain activity that contributes to auditory development, incidental learning, synaptic pruning, spoken language development and early literacy.
  • Itinerant services in an inclusive educational setting–describe solutions and opportunities to solve the challenges faced by itinerant service providers, such as collaborating with and coaching general education partners developing effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) enhancing family participation in public or private educational settings, etc.
  • Delivering listening and spoken language (LSL) services to families, professionals and children through telepractice–describe approaches that are supported by research to deliver services via technology and telepractice.
  • Effective collaboration when delivering services for children with multiple challenges–include information on programs, strategies and practice models that assess and implement effective intervention for infants, young children and students who have challenges in addition to hearing loss. How may auditory-verbal practices be adapted to meet the needs of children with multiple challenges?

Submit Your Proposals Today!

Click here to submit your proposal for a pre-symposium workshop or a symposium breakout session.

Click here to submit your proposal for a poster presentation

Submissions will be accepted from October 2, 2014 through November 5, 2014. Proposals must be submitted by November 5, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

The 2015 AG Bell LSL Symposium planning committee reserves the right to invite additional presenters to satisfy the educational content goals of the symposium.