Tuesdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17
@ 8-9 p.m. ET
Despite many barriers, children with hearing loss (CHL) have unprecedented opportunities to excel linguistically, academically and socially, with the ultimate goal of acquiring skills at a similar rate to their hearing siblings and peers. In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that professionals and caregivers working with CHL maintain a robust knowledge base of typical development in order to evaluate a child’s current status and remain in an appropriate “zone of proximal development”.
This learning experience focuses on areas of typical development for children from 36-60 months and answers several important questions: What physical and cognitive development is expected at this age, and when should a professional consider an evaluation from a provider outside their scope of practice? Why is it important to include social and emotional goals into your practice? How are speech and language development impacted by access to sound? What is Theory of Mind (ToM) and how can you identify which children in your practice are most at-risk for a ToM delay?
At the end of this course, participants will have a better understanding of the explosion of physical and cognitive development a child from 36-60 months is experiencing, with a particular focus on social and emotional learning including Theory of Mind.
Sherri Fickenscher, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is an Education Support Specialist at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Pennsylvania. Sherri also mentors professionals seeking their certification as Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS).Financial Disclosures: Sherri Fickenscher receives compensation from Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech as an Education Support Specialist and Early Interventionist. She receives compensation from Hearing First for teaching this course. She also receives compensation as a mentor for professionals seeking LSLS.Non-financial disclosures: Sherri Fickenscher is a member of the AG Bell Academy Board of Directors.
Landon received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 2008 and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2013. While at UNC, Landon was awarded a grant through the Federal Education Program for supplementary training in working with children with hearing loss (CHL). After graduating, Landon worked as an SLP in Early Intervention at Child's Voice School in Chicago until 2016. From 2016-2019 Landon worked as a Consumer Engagement Manager for the cochlear implant manufacturer MED-EL. While at MED-EL, Landon developed several trainings on Theory of Mind (ToM) in CHL for professionals and parents. In 2019, Landon had her first child and left MED-EL to focus on her baby. In 2021 Landon had her second child. Although not working full time, Landon continues to present about ToM in CHL.Financial Disclosures: She receives compensation from Hearing First for facilitating this course.Non-financial disclosures: She has no non-financial disclosures at this time.
Learners who request CE credits but do not complete all course requirements will receive an email communication at the end of the course. No partial credit will be awarded.
To get the most from your learning you'll need:
a digital device such as a laptop or tablet with audio
a strong Internet connection with bandwidth minimum of 512 Kbps
to download the Adobe Connect app (more details here).
to check your browser settings (more details here).
All assignments are tracked and learners can confirm completion on the homepage of the
course. It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure that assignments are tracked appropriately. Please note - all videos are captioned and transcripts are
available. If you have issues with video tracking, please review the following tips in our FAQ section.
Live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom where you’ll engage with a facilitator. Live sessions are captioned in real-time
and recordings are available for review following the session.
Participate in the full live session each week in Adobe Connect. The link will be available on the course homepage on the day of each session.
Use a tablet, desktop or laptop computer, not your mobile device.
Test your connection and sign in early. The Adobe Connect room opens 20 minutes before the live session starts.
Use the chat feature. If you have connectivity or tracking issues, this serves as our only other record of your attendance in the Adobe Connect live session. You’ll need to:
Introduce yourself in the chat once you login.
Participate in all questions and polls during the session.
Add your name to chat before signing out when the session ends.
Complete the self-assessment and course evaluation survey. The link is emailed the day after the final live session.
You may return to the course homepage to access the link. Surveys will not be accepted after the 2-week deadline on 11/01/2023 at 11:59pm ET.
After completing the survey you’ll receive an email with a link to the course homepage to download a customized Certificate of Completion.
Continuing education credits are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register or earn credit for this course, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution.
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A course survey and information on how to claim CE credits the day after the course ends
In the event of course changes or cancellations
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Hearing First is approved by the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer Continuing Education Hours for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification. This program has been approved for a maximum of 10 CEUs. AG Bell Academy approval of this course is based on information shared by the approved provider. Views shared by the presenter(s) may not necessarily reflect the views of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language either in part or whole.
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