Sunday, July 3rd


8:00 am - 9:30 am

interactive session

LSLab: A DIY Professional Development Initiative

Moderated by:

Ashley Garber M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Amanda Hopkins M.S., CCC-SLP

As outlined in Friday’s “Accelerate” session, LSLab is a professional development initiative grown out of the desire for participatory and connected learning opportunities for professionals in the field of listening and spoken language. Borrowing ideas from EdCamp, an “unconference” model actively used by educators, there will be no presenters or predetermined agenda in this session; participants need only bring a desire to be an engaged and active learner in LSL topics chosen on the spot. Your moderators will walk you through the set up for 90 minutes of self-designed learning. Come try it for yourself!

Participants will evaluate options for their own self-directed learning.

Participants will create artifacts of their learning for home follow-through.

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Neuroimaging - Predicting Hearing and Language Outcomes

Julie Arenberg Bierer, Ph.D., CCC-A

John S. Oghalai, M.D.

René Gifford, Ph.D.

Anu Sharma, Ph.D.

Researchers have made critical discoveries that are leading to a deeper understanding of the complex and interrelated neurological processes that result in the comprehension, production and use of human languages. At the 2016 AG Bell Research Symposium, world-renowned scientists will share their findings in this area as well as their theories about how this research could predict speech, language and hearing outcomes following specific interventions to address hearing loss.

9:30 am - 10:30 am

knowledge-BUILDING sessions

Early Connections Matter

Lindsay Zombek M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Sherri Fickenscher M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Connections are essential to the human experience—our anatomy, cognition and relationships depend on connections. When an infant is born with a severe to profound hearing loss, there is an immediate and justified concern for developing connections. Given the United States Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation of cochlear implantation after 12 months of age, often a year or more occurs between birth and when a child with severe to profound hearing loss can receive appropriate amplification. Unfortunately, auditory skill development and social bond development is often postponed until after cochlear implantation. This session will explore the research on auditory cortex development and auditory skill development, and provide practical, applicable techniques and strategies that can be used by therapists and caregivers while waiting for a cochlear implant to help an infant meet auditory, social and communication milestones.  

Their Words, Their World: Culturally Relevant Intervention

Jenna Voss Ph.D., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Elizabeth Rosenzweig M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

This session will examine how auditory-verbal practitioners can apply research on the importance of parent talk to meet the needs of the families they serve. Attendees will be able to discuss the effects of language socialization on both children and adults and learn tools that will help them adapt their practice to be responsive, authentic and relevant for a diverse range of family structures and cultures. The presenters will use case studies, poll questions, group discussion and self-reflection to help participants examine their own beliefs about culture and language, and share tools and techniques for creating culturally relevant intervention practices that respect and enhance family talk to promote optimal child outcomes.

tech life hacks

Jay Wyant

Through a combination of presentation and brainstorming, this session will provide an introduction to key technology tools, strategies and resources, followed by examples (and demonstrations when practicable) on how to use these “hacks.” The focus is to make technology work for you as simply and easily as possible. In the middle of the session, the presenter will open the floor for others to either identify problems in search of a solution or solutions to their own challenges. The session will wrap up with a summary of key hacks and strategies and how to look for and leverage the latest trends and resources.

A Strengths-based Approach to Hearing Loss

Pnina Bravmann Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, TSHH, SAS, LSLS Cert. AVT

Jacqueline DeGroat M.S.Ed., Psy.D.

Recent attention focuses on the need to build educational and therapeutic interventions for children on a positive foundation, using a strengths-based rather than a deficit-based model of functioning. This approach can guide our work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Children with hearing loss and communication deficits face academic and social challenges. As parents, educators and therapists, we must consider the whole child and address all aspects of a child’s development. Hence the “strength” of the strengths-based approach! Through video examples from individual therapy sessions and classroom instruction, this session will address the facilitation of young children’s social interaction, competence and self-esteem at school and at home, using a three-part model of intervention: 1) Develop our own understanding of the child’s experience, 2) Identify the child’s functional strengths as well as his/her deficits, and 3) Help the child to recognize, develop and use his/her strengths.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Interactive session

AG Bell Academy Session on Mentoring and Analyzing LSL Video Tapes

Teri Ouellette M.S.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Emma Rushbrooke M.Phil. (Audiology), Dip.Aud., M.Aud.SA., LSLS Cert. AVT, RNC

Teresa Caraway Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Carol Flexer Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Experienced Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certified professionals will lead this session and provide structured feedback to participants. Professionals interested in the LSLS certification will earn valuable observation session hours towards their LSLS certification requirements. Observations of both AVT sessions and AVEd classrooms will be offered, with feedback sessions in small groups to address the needs of mentees, as well as LSLS professionals seeking to learn more about how to structure feedback sessions as mentors. This is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from watching real-life listening and spoken language sessions and engage in small-group discussion/feedback with peers and seasoned professionals.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

knowledge-BUILDING sessions

If Only You Would Listen to What I Say

Joni Alberg Ph.D.

There is no question that outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing are significantly improved when parents and professionals establish positive, working relationships. They must create a partnership where roles are clearly identified, expectations are clear, mutual respect is evident, and trust is established. Such relationships are possible only when both parties take the time to get to know one another as individuals separate from the purpose for which they came together—to help the child.  This session will discuss basic tenets of parent support; the roles of each participant in the parent-professional relationship; strategies for building positive, trusting relationships; and personal learning styles and what they mean to the relationships. It will also identify the day-to-day realities that sometimes interfere with these relationships. Participants will work together in small groups to share and discuss specific strategies for building positive relationships.

Silent NO MORE: Personal Life Stories to Educate, Inspire, and Advocate

Juliana Scott B.A. - No Limits for Deaf Children

Silent NO MORE Panel

“Silent NO MORE: Personal Life Stories to Educate, Inspire, and Advocate” is a collaborative presentation based on the acclaimed practices of No Limits for Deaf Children, a non-profit organization with 20 years of experience in the field. Silent NO MORE is a grassroots effort to educate people across the world about the struggles and triumphs of people with hearing loss who have been raised using spoken language rather than sign language. This session will incorporate digital media, videos and live discussion with a panel of cast members (including No Limits alumni, listening and spoken language professionals, and parents of children with hearing loss) to help attendees understand this population’s distinctive needs and how as a community we can achieve systemic change.

Leadership opens opportunities for deaf adults (LOOFA)

Daniel Ors, B.A.

Nicholas Stone B.A.

Leadership is something that doesn’t come easily to everyone, and is one of the most valuable talents one can pick up when seeking growth in your career and adult life. Leadership is a critical element in ensuring one advocates not only for oneself properly, but for others as well. Drawing on leadership experience in sports and professional environments as both a team leader as well as a coach, Daniel and Nick will contribute a nuanced perspective on how to socialize, create, and protect in both a hierarchical environment and an individual environment. 

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