Let's Talk Babies Before And After Cochlear Implants

Experience Overview

How do professionals work with babies with hearing loss/ deafness to facilitate listening and spoken language outcomes?  How can we tailor auditory intervention for babies with severe to profound  sensorineural hearing loss prior to cochlear implantation?  This workshop will explore case studies of infants with severe to profound hearing loss for assessment and intervention pre and immediately post cochlear implantation. Speaker will share evidence to support early auditory intervention for babies with hearing loss/deafness. 

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Experience Details


Live sessions are held on Thursdays, 6:00-7: 30 pm CT

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 4.5 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Becky Clem MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Becky Clem, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Education Coordinator Rehab Services, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Listening-Spoken Language Specialist with AVT certification. Having worked in the Cook Children’s Rehab Services Department for 27 years, she is passionate about working with babies and young children with cochlear implants, mentoring/coaching, family centered care and health literacy. Currently she serves on the coordinating committee for SIG 9 on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood for the American Speech and Hearing Association. Previously she served on the AG Bell Certification Council. As a member of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss she mentors in the summer teacher-training program in Vietnam. Her publications appear in the ASHA Perspectives, Volta Review, Pediatric Audiology Case Studies (Flexer and Madell, 2010) and Auditory-Verbal Therapy (Estabrooks, 2016). When not working, Becky adores reading, cooking, yoga, TCU football, Bible Study, and most of all time with her husband Keith, their two adult daughters, and one-year old granddaughter.

Learning Structure

For each of our online Learning Experiences, learners gather in a private group space to access the course content. Courses include resources, such as videos, articles, handouts, and quizzes, to help learners comprehend, apply, practice, and reflect on the content of each session. Courses with live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom, with the course facilitator.

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Learning Objectives

  • Summarize a parent’s view of pre and post cochlear implant challenges and successes related to listening and spoken language.
  • Interpret babies’ auditory and vocal responses from video samples during intervention/interactions.
  • Analyze video clips, audiograms, and developmental information to determine linguistic information available to babies in shared case studies.
  • Create an intervention lesson plan to include a goal, activity, strategies, materials, and parent coaching/guidance for a) child pre-implant 0-12 months and b) child post implant for first session following activation 9-18 months old.   

CEUs and Participating

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register for this course or CEU credits, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution. Learn More


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Hearing First is approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 4.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

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