Although I have been a Teacher of the Deaf for 30 years, the process preparing for the LSLS credential and the experiences since becoming certified have helped me to elevate my skill set to a whole new level. Not only do I feel more highly qualified in the realms of listening and spoken language education and parent guidance and family support; but I believe that the LSLS process has afforded me the opportunity to meet, collaborate with and learn from many highly qualified professionals I may not have had the privilege to meet otherwise.
Barbara K. Hayes, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, Bergen County, NJ
Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™) are licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, or educators of the deaf who have become specialists in supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing develop spoken language and literacy primarily through listening.
LSLS professionals focus on education, guidance, advocacy, family support and the rigorous application of techniques, strategies and procedures that promote optimal acquisition of spoken language through listening by newborns, infants, toddlers and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
LSLS professionals guide and coach families to help their children develop spoken language through listening, and help them advocate for their children’s inclusion in mainstream schools. Ultimately, parents gain confidence that their children will have access to a full range of educational, social and vocational choices in life.
Whom do LSLS Certified Professionals Serve?
LSLSs work with infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families seeking a listening and spoken language outcome in a variety of settings: home-based intervention, public schools, independent schools, private therapy, clinical centers for the deaf and hard of hearing, audiological and cochlear implant centers.
This is a growing specialty within the field of hearing health and education in response to a crisis of capacity given the number of families seeking a listening and spoken language outcome far exceeds the number of qualified professionals available to meet their needs.
Code of Conduct
The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is dedicated to the purpose of promoting the delivery of comprehensive services to children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing through certification of professionals involved with enabling and assisting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and speak. Establishing the highest standards of professional integrity based on accepted ethical principles and practice is vital to the fulfillment of this purpose. Read the Academy's Code of Conduct and Principles of Professional Behavior.