Pre-Convention Workshops

Pre-convention workshops offer participants the opportunity to delve deeply into a topic related to hearing loss and spoken language development presented by experts in the field. The content reflects evidence-based research, practice and information pertaining to one or more of the nine Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) domains of knowledge. Ten pre-convention workshops will be available on Thursday, June 26 and Friday morning, June 27, before the convention. Pre-convention Workshops are $85 per session – an outstanding value for continuing professional development.

 Thursday, June 26, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Thursday, June 26, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 Friday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, June 26 

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bridging the Gaps: A Continuous Learning Model for the 21st Century LSL Professional
Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Oberkotter Foundation Professional Learning Initiative

Wendelyn DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Oberkotter Foundation Professional Learning Initiative

Kathryn Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, First YEARS, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

This workshop will discuss and analyze a practical framework as a tool that practitioners can use to rate their current practice and understanding against a set of descriptors. Participants will engage in discussions and explore how the leveling framework can inform a practitioner’s professional development plans and content of future learning. A particular focus of this workshop will be on using 21st century learning skills for LSL practitioners to become connected learners and contribute to the collective intelligence to transform LSL practice. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own device and actively engage in using 21st century tools to develop a professional learning plan based upon a well-constructed leveling rubric to facilitate continuous and ongoing improvement in their knowledge and skills so that child outcomes can be maximized.

Tomorrow’s Magic Made Real Through Today’s Learning
Amy Peters Lalios, M.A., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness

Pam Stemper, B.A., Know and Grow Institute, LLC

When babies have continuous access to the sounds of their environment, parents witness the magic of children effectively learning their home’s spoken language with seemingly little effort. As children begin school, parents hope and expect the “magic” to naturally continue through ongoing learning and development. For parents of children with hearing loss, these hopes and expectations can be uncertain. Through the collaboration of a parent and a certified auditory-verbal therapist, this workshop will address schemata (what one knows) to bring about the “magic” in development of spoken language, literacy, critical thinking and social skills in children with hearing loss. Focus will be on augmenting what we know about brain development, language, the innate abilities of children and parents, and on fostering an effective triad among parent, child and professional.

It's not Fine. It's not OK.
Krista S. Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children

Sherri Vernelson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children

Children with hearing loss attending mainstream public schools may be significantly behind their peers with typical hearing despite having good or even excellent spoken language abilities. Teachers and educators often assert, “He is doing fine,” “She is doing OK,” when the reality may be quite different. This workshop will discuss the specific needs of students with hearing loss in the classroom when a language delay greater than 1½ to 2 years exists through presenting case studies and videos; describe how consultants in North Carolina have addressed the needs for students with hearing loss within Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in a direct, data-driven, yet pragmatic manner; present recorded interviews with directors of divisions of exceptional children in LEAs who have implemented the plans recommended to IEP teams; and describe how small, yet significant changes have impacted outcomes for their students.  

Thursday, June 26

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Real-Time Embedded Coaching, It Really Works!

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, The Moog Center for Deaf Education

This workshop will focus on the strategies and techniques of real-time embedded coaching, a method of “demonstration” and “return demonstration” to help parents enhance communication with their child. Embedded coaching is a term applied to coaching a parent or primary caregiver and providing suggestions, while s/he is engaged in an activity with a child, rather than waiting until after the activity is over. The early interventionist is providing support in real-time by making comments and suggestions throughout the activity. The workshop will discuss techniques for implementing embedded coaching into a parent-infant session; review the organization of the parent-infant session; provide guidance on how to capitalize on the parent’s/caregiver’s current skills and learning style; and discuss the importance of describing the critical features of the activity or technique being implemented to the parent/caregiver.

Determining Eligibility: Considerations for the "Good Student"
Karen L. Anderson, Ph.D., Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Lynne H. Price, NBCT—Deaf & Hard of Hearing, K-12 Regular Education, and Reading

As a result of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) increasing numbers of children with hearing loss are entering school with language skills commensurate to their peers with typical hearing. Yet, children with hearing loss face barriers to auditory access in mainstream classroom communications such as incidental learning that often result in social and emotional needs and accumulative functional learning challenges. Many of these students with hearing loss are no longer being found eligible for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Eligibility necessitates both assessment of academic achievement and functional performance. For students with hearing loss, eligibility needs to consider communication needs, opportunities for direct communication with peers and the student’s full range of needs. This workshop will focus on functional assessment to inform the team of the student’s ability to access communication and his or her full range of needs. Strategies for how to make the case for specialized instruction will be provided.

Theory of Mind and Pragmatics—Think About It!
Lyndsey Allen, LSLS Cert. AVT, The Ear Foundation

Jack turns over his boiled egg and says “Look mommy, I didn’t eat it!” Chloe hides behind the sofa and her daddy starts the “Where’s Chloe gone” routine. Both of these scenarios show children who are developing key concepts in the Theory of Mind. This workshop will help participants identify five key concepts for preschool children and learn about the Theory of Mind Inventory online development measure and its use in research with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The workshop will provide filmed examples of auditory-verbal therapy and give participants lots of new ideas they can put into practice for the children they serve.

Friday, June 27

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Facilitating Change through Motivational Interviewing
Darcy Stowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Hearts for Hearing

Lindsay Hanna, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Hearts for Hearing

Steven Wells, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Listening and spoken language professionals who work with children with hearing loss are continuously challenged to enhance their skills and stay on the edge of new knowledge, technology and approaches. Other professions often offer excellent tools and strategies to help hearing health professionals better serve families of children with hearing loss who seek a listening and spoken language outcome. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn from the field of social work and offer a hands-on practice with a dynamic technique called Motivational Interviewing. Participants will leave with new knowledge about the history and practice of Motivational Interviewing along with critical skills to help implement this method in their own practice to better help families of children with hearing loss work through the many changes and challenges in their journey of living a rich and fulfilling life.

Hands-On: Apps and the iPad
Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, The Moog Center for Deaf Education

Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, The Moog Center for Deaf Education

Teachers and therapists are always looking for new ideas, activities, materials and ways of doing familiar activities. This workshop will focus on using an iPad to implement traditional teaching and therapy activities using new technology. The iPad may be used to practice skills in the areas of speech, vocabulary, language, literacy and listening. This workshop will focus on using apps appropriately within the context of a well-planned lesson and provide sample lesson plans for some of the apps under discussion. The apps will be presented through live demonstration and video and their advantages for teaching children with hearing loss will be explained. Participants will gain ideas for using specific apps and receive a list of apps that have been found to be successful. Attendees are encouraged to bring their iPads to the workshop for maximized learning.

Real Magic: Transforming the Future Through Mentoring
Cheryl L. Dickson, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, Auditory-Verbal Consultancy

Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Mary Boucher Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Listen and Learn Auditory-Verbal Communication Center, Inc.

This workshop is designed for LSLS certified professionals interested in developing or improving their skills as a mentor. When positive mentoring relationships are developed between mentors and the professionals they coach and guide, the magic begins! The Mentors Guide to Auditory-Verbal Competencies (Years 1-3), created by the course presenters, will be unveiled during this interactive presentation. The Mentor’s Guide is an assessment tool developed to aid mentors and mentees in tracking professional skill development over three years across nine critical areas. Participants will engage in small group activities and discussion to identify and analyze mentee competencies, gain hands-on experience plotting the competencies on the checklist, and brainstorm goal-setting using this helpful tool. Participants will also have opportunities to discuss characteristics of good mentors, examine honest and sensitive communication styles, and write personal action plans that increase professional therapy and mentoring skills.

Home Supporting: Leaving the Toys in the Car
Lyndsey Allen, LSLS Cert. AVT, The Ear Foundation

Jayne Simpson Allen, Dip.T., M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVT, Northern Cochlear Implant Programme

Ellis is visited at home every week by his therapist who brings a box of fascinating toys and resources. After the therapist leaves, Ellis’ mom feels discouraged as she knows her son will not be interested in playing with her in the same way. Homes are rich in naturally occurring experiences that stimulate adult-child conversations without the need for shop-bought toys. This workshop will include videos to build your confidence to support spoken language development using daily routines, photographs and books, and create meaningful and engaging playtime without conventional toys.

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