Early Intervention Network: Supporting Linguistic Competence for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Listening and Spoken Language

Information About Facilitating Listening and Spoken Language:

BrainVolt--Auditory Neuroscience Lab; Northwestern University
This website, of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, provides information about the neurobiology of auditory learning. It links to evidence underlying speech and music perception and learning-associated brain plasticity.

Hearing First
This website, from a subsidiary organization of the Oberkotter foundation, was developed as a multimedia connection point for families and professionals to improve outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through listening and spoken language.

Listening and Spoken Language Center
This website, of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, provides extensive information for families and professionals on a variety of topics related to spoken language development and oral education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Oberkotter Foundation
This foundation's website focuses on listening and spoken language.  

Resources to Support Listening and Spoken Language Development:

Equal Voice for Deaf Children
This website was designed for parents to teach auditory verbal strategies. Individual lessons with associated video clips are provided.

Hearing Aid Listening Check
This website offers a comprehensive video that demonstrates how to provide both a physical and a functional check of a hearing aid. The video is available with captioning and available in English and Spanish.

Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale
This assessment checklist is widely used to chart the auditory development of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is based on information provided by the child's parent(s) in response to 10 probes related to: 1) vocalization behavior, 2) alerting to sounds, and 3) deriving meaning from sound.

Med El Listening Habilitation Resources
This website provides links to numerous listening habilitation/rehabilitation materials. It includes many downloadable resources as well as numerous on-line interactive listening resources for children of all ages. Also included are numerous diagnostic tools developed by the MED-EL Corporation to assess early auditory-verbal development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Sound Foundation for Babies, http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/node/2256
Sound Foundation for Toddlers, http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/node/4410
These webpages, from Cochlear Americas, include habilitation tools supporting parents during the early years following cochlear implantation. The tools consist of goals (in a week-by-week format) in the areas of audition, receptive language, and expressive language and speech as well as a song and story book. The activities are designed to fit easily into everyday life and to provide the knowledge and understanding of the theory behind the goals identified each week.

The Listening Room
This website, sponsored by Advanced Bionics and Phonak, provides interactive activities to facilitate listening skill acquisition. A special section is dedicated to listening activities for infants and toddlers.

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