2015 AG Bell Symposium General Sessions
Author of the best-selling book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Her third son, Alex, was diagnosed with moderate to profound progressive hearing loss.
At the symposium, Denworth will take attendees on a journey into the brain science of hearing. To really know how to help a child who doesn’t hear, one needs to understand the chain reaction that is triggered by sound, which goes far beyond the inner ear and deep into the networks of the brain. The circuits that sound creates in a child’s brain lay the groundwork for the networks that will bring spoken language, and those networks, in turn, are the foundation for learning to read. Weaving together her personal story, the history and science in her book, and the latest research on early language acquisition, Denworth will discuss why anyone who wants to help a child with hearing loss maximize his or her potential must understand what goes on behind the scenes in the brain.
President and director of research at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale University and University of Connecticut affiliated interdisciplinary institute, dedicated to the investigation of the biological bases of language. He also holds academic appointments in the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut and in the Department of Linguistics at Yale University, where he directs the Yale Reading Center. He focuses on cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and neurobiology of typical and atypical language and reading development in children.
At the symposium, Pugh will present on the relationship between phonological and auditory processing and brain organization in beginning readers. Participants will learn about the brain pathways used in reading and how this can be applied to their work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.