Using Telepractice to Implement LSL Principles

Experience Overview

The use of tele-practice is becoming more and more common as the internet and digital technology become less expensive and more accessible. This four-week learning experience will focus on the use of LSLS Principles in a tele-practice setting with an emphasis on guiding and coaching parents. Although guiding and coaching parents should underpin any LSLS session, the physical limitations of a tele-practice model provide professionals with increased opportunities to emphasize this aspect of service delivery. When used effectively, tele-practice has the potential to maximize family involvement and ensure that all families who seek LSLS outcomes for their children are able to access qualified professionals, regardless of their location.

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Experience Details


Live sessions are held on Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16 and 23rd, 8:00-9:30pm ET

Learning Credits


Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Melissa McCarthy M.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT

Melissa is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle and Research Fellow at RIDBC Renwick Centre in Australia. Her current research is focused on the use of telepractice to deliver family-centered early intervention services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families. Melissa is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf, Early Childhood Educator and LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings in Australia and the United States. Melissa’s passion for telepractice began in 2004 when she first used videoconferencing to support families in remote Australia. She quickly became an advocate for telepractice and was instrumental in the development of RIDBC Teleschool, one of the first, and largest, telepractice programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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

  • Compare and contrast the use of LSLS principles in telepractice and in-person settings.
  • Identify at least three strategies for effectively implementing LSLS principles in a telepractice setting.
  • Describe the potential benefits of telepractice in relation to LSLS principles.
  • Adopt a “telepractice attitude” of proactive planning and problem solving.

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 6 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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