Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The HearSayLW Blog Moved and has a New Home

Come on over old friends! 

Check out the new HearSayLW website and click here for the blog

On a whim, in 2014, I began writing content which became the HearSayLW blog. My purpose was to share auditory verbal resources, daily activities, fun games and content with families in my private practice. In no time, I had followers from around the globe, both families and professionals. My blog filled a need for readers that were seeking knowledge about auditory access, hearing technology and the listening and spoken language journey.
To date, I’ve written 617 posts for HearSayLW, published 479 of those and have 138 drafts in my inbox. If you care to access content from the original blog click here or visit https://hearsaylw.blogspot.com. Many of you have been following for years, so thank you for sticking around. It’s been so much fun and the BEST is yet to come.
HearSayLW has a new home and is living alongside my newest venture Listen With Lynn with LSL tools for parents and professionals. I will not only be blogging about LSL topics and activities but many will be available for download. My goal is to hustle and repost many of the oldies, the favorites and of course stories about my countless auditory verbal graduates. 
I’d love to hear your brand new ideas for LSL product creation and development that will inspire listening, spoken language, literacy and auditory processing therapy materials for children and adult auditory rehabilitation resources.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Chicago Walk 4 Hearing - September 28th

Let's Connect

I'm volunteering this year at the Chicago Walk 4 Hearing refreshment  booth.
Stop by, get a cool drink and a snack.  

Introduce yourself and let's chat!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Do Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Techniques and Strategies Only Benefit Babies and Toddlers?

Recently, I replied to this question from a Teacher of the Deaf 

Q: Can Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Techniques and Strategies benefit children in the classroom who are 5 and up?  Many of the webinars I've seen the focus is on therapy for babies and toddlers, so I'm curious as to how these techniques will translate to a class of 4-9 school-aged children. I really want to ensure that my students are ready for inclusion settings/mainstream classes.

A: My reply to a great question

I am positive LSL techniques and strategies are beneficial to school-aged students and others! 

My LSL caseload has predominately been with families of babies through kindergarten. However, I have guided families of older children who continued to require intervention for many reasons such as those transitioning from a visual system such as Cued Speech, those identified late such as cross-cultural adoptions, others with autism, hearing loss plus other disabilities and so on.  The same LSL strategies and techniques (Audition First, Auditory Sandwich, What Did You Hear? Etc.)  which place emphasis on learning spoken language through listening apply to all ages with a wide range of needs and goals. I have provided LSL intervention to improve auditory skills and receptive language of children who are non-verbal and those on augmentative communication devices. The same LSL strategies and techniques can be effective when incorporated with teens and adults in post CI rehabilitation.  These LSL techniques can be powerful as a part of therapy for individuals with auditory processing disorders. So unequivocally yes!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Read Early. Read Often.

My grandson has been read to every day of his life.
 He loves books. He loves his new baby brother.
 So naturally, he reads to his little brother.

Read Early. Read Often.

Do you know that beginning early is important because the roots of language are developing in a baby’s brain even before he can talk? The more words a baby hears over time, the more words he learns.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Auditory-Verbal Practice is the approach that results in Listening and Spoken Language outcomes.

The terminology:
Auditory-Verbal Practice is the approach that results in Listening and Spoken Language outcomes. For parents as the end consumer making decisions for their child regarding their desired outcome, Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) is easily understood and more clearly communicates with parents about the outcomes possible today.  
The titles of specialization are:
• The Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT) and
• The Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd)
These names honor our history in the field as well as the language of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. Hearing First has written a blog on this topic that you might find interesting. The Power of A Name

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Auditory Comprehension Exceeds Reading Comprehension

Do you want to grow your child's listening and spoken language skills?

 Continue to read aloud to your child even after they can read to themselves. 

Kids’ auditory comprehension is higher than their reading comprehension. When you pick a challenging book that your kids can’t read on their own, you are exposing them to a wealth of new vocabulary words. This stretches a child’s language development, particularly if you stop to talk about the meaning of these harder words.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

I Wonder!

 This morning we found a bird’s nest on the sidewalk. My four-year-old grandson wondered about the baby birds, what happened to the eggshells and how the nest ended up on the sidewalk and … so much more!