Making Music and Building Brains

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How to Maximize Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Through Musical Experiences

Join Amy McConkey Robbins, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT and other families on Tuesday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET to explore the relationship between music and language development! You’ll walk away with practical tips and tricks you can start using right away to make music part of your daily interactions with your child.

Music is a fantastic tool for teaching children to listen and talk. Just think about all the nursery rhymes we learn when we’re small - there’s a reason!

Music engages little brains and offers so many benefits for development. Songs help your child develop clear speech, a voice rich in inflection, and a memory for words —all reasons why music and singing work so well with Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) strategies and techniques.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • How to use and create your own songs with repeatable words and phrases
  • Ways that music strengthens your child’s auditory memory
  • Strategies for using songs to support your child’s listening and spoken language goals


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Amy McConkey Robbins, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Amy McConkey Robbins is a speech-language pathologist and Auditory-Verbal practitioner in private practice in Indianapolis, IN. She is the author of widely-used assessment procedures, including the MAIS, IT-MAIS, Common Phrases Task, Mr. Potato Head Task, Red Flags Procedure and the Bilingual Family Interview or BIFI (2007.) She lectures internationally on children with hearing technologies and on compassion fatigue and preventing burnout for those in serving professions. Ms. Robbins has published over 90 articles or chapters in professional journals and textbooks, along with an integrated speech and music therapy curriculum, TuneUps, co-authored with Chris Barton. This curriculum was voted the MVP “Most Valuable Product” for clinicians by readers of Barton and McConkey Robbins also co-created Auditunes, a video-based music resource for parents and professionals working with children using a LSL approach. Her chapter, "Music and Singing in Auditory-Verbal Therapy" (Plural Publishing, 2020) is part of the new book, "Auditory-Verbal Therapy Science, Research, and Practice" (Estabrooks, Morrison, MacIver-Lux, Eds.). Amy was named a Distinguished Alumna of Purdue University and received the Richard Miyamoto award for service to the Listening and Spoken Language profession. In 2013, the governor of Indiana appointed her as vice-president of the board of Healthy Hoosiers Foundation, a private-public partnership through the Indiana Dept. of Health. From 2013 to 2019, she served on the board of directors of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and was a co-author of ACIA’s position paper on Habilitation Guidelines for children receiving cochlear implants. She worked previously at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and as a consultant for 3M-International in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Robbins received a BA in psychology from Hollins College, Virginia, a Diploma in Phonetics and Linguistics from Leeds University, Yorkshire and a Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University.

About Living LSL

This webinar is part of Living LSL: A Family Learning Series. These free learning opportunities were designed specifically with parents in mind so you’ll have the skills and know-how to confidently raise your child with hearing loss to listen, talk, and achieve their dreams. We’re sharing what the parenting books likely didn’t prepare you for by covering the essentials of LSL and spelling out the important need-to-know aspects of teaching a child who is deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk.

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