Available June 1 to 29
Introductory Level Self-Study
AuD, SLP, ToD, and Families
Open until May 31, 2023. Save your spot!
Engaging and equipping families of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing is fundamental to delivering family-centered listening and spoken language (LSL) early intervention. LSL interventionists build the capacity of family members to promote their child’s auditory, speech and language skills in the everyday routines of family life.
Learners will observe best practices for guiding and coaching families. This experience is designed to deepen understanding of why specific goals, strategies and activities are used based on a specific child and family’s needs.
This learning experience has been expanded to include two weeks of pre-learning with one 90-minute live session recording to maximize and deepen the learning as follows:
Lesson 1: Observe and analyze excerpts of an LSLS Cert. AVT intervention session to: identify and understand use of specific LSL strategies and techniques; diagnostically determine a child’s current level of functioning and identify and understand use of specific parent coaching techniques.
Lesson 2: Observe a video of an entire LSL intervention session to understand how to: organize a session to optimize parent coaching and guidance; implement intervention goals and objectives to support the child's level of development; use LSL strategies and techniques in developmentally appropriate teaching activities; and have as an option the opportunity to complete Academy Form C-3 prior to actively participating in a live session for further discussion with the LSLS professional.
Beth Walker Wooten, M.Ed., C.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is the Coordinator for Hearing First's Professional Learning Community. Beth has been teaching and learning from children with hearing loss and their parents for over 35 years, working in schools, clinics, homes, and through tele-intervention. She is currently a practicing LSL specialist, mentor, and educational consultant in private practice, with a zeal for coaching and mentoring aspiring LSL professionals. She lives with her husband and four sons in a testosterone cloud in Alabama. Financial Disclosures: Beth Walker Wooten receives compensation from Hearing First as a Mentor as well as Coordinator for the Professional Learning Community.Non-financial Disclosures: She is a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the deaf and hard of hearing. She is also a mother of two sons with hearing loss.
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 course close date. You may return to the course homepage to access the link. Surveys will not be accepted after the 2-week deadline.
After completing the survey you’ll receive an email with a link to the course homepage to download a customized Certificate of Completion.
For professionals seeking LSLS® Structured Video Observation Credit from AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, note the requirements below.
Pre-learning: Complete all pre-learning assignements.
C-3 Form: Complete the C-3 form with the full intervention video and submit by the due date.
Live Session: Attend and participate in the live session.
Feedback Survey: Complete the survey within the 2-week deadline. The link is emailed the day after the course close date or you can find it on the course homepage.
Signed C-3 Form: Receive your signed form within four weeks after the course close date.
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.
When you register, select which organization(s) should receive your course completion information and provide your personal ID if applicable.
See more about Learning Experience policies in our FAQ section.
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Hearing First courses are offered in English and include a private group space to access all your learning throughout the course.
To participate in a Hearing First learning experience, all learners must first join their respective community (Professional Learning Community or Family Support Community).
Members can access all of their registered learning experiences (upcoming, current, and completed) through the learning dashboard after logging into their community.
Stay current with all the latest annoucements, information, and learning progress on your course’s homepage. You can also expect several emails from us during the course.
Announcements about any pre-learning or other information about the course
A reminder the day before a live session, when applicable
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
It’s our goal to make your learning experience both simple and straightforward so you can focus on the content and be at
your best throughout your learning journey. We’re here to help, which is why we’ve compiled a list of FAQs that will make your learning experience
as seamless as possible!
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 3 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.
Registration for this Learning Experience will close on: May 31, 2023
Hearing First (HF) Learning Experiences and Community Discussions are powerful learning tools to advance the practice of teaching spoken language through listening.
These experiences foster the understanding and application of the science and art of LSL practice. The opinions and comments of facilitators and learners in
Hearing First Learning Experiences are not necessarily the viewpoints shared by Hearing First and/or by other Community Members. As a reminder, Hearing First Learning
in a Hearing First Learning Experience to review our policies regularly.
We're a subsidiary organization of the Oberkotter Foundation, a private foundation with a 35-year history supporting Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
An excellent resource for professionals to use with families, this eBook shows the logic chain that connects basic brain biology and how we learn to talk and read. Created with Dr. Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC/A, LSLS Cert. AVT, this eBook will help families understand each step on the path, or link in the logic chain, to help their child reach their full potential.
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