LSL Video Observation Series - Berndsen 2

Experience Overview

In this learning experience, learners will view video recorded intervention sessions featuring Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™) guiding and coaching families/caregivers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. For each session, learners will be provided with specific session plans, case history, and audiological information including speech perception scores and diagnostic evaluations of spoken language skills. While this experience is expected to meet the criteria for structured video observation for professionals aspiring to become a Certified LSLS™, it is also an opportunity for professionals or families to view best practices in LSL intervention. Following the video observations, learners will participate in a live online session to gain valuable insights, reinforce knowledge, and extend the LSL learning. Participation in the live session is required to receive continuing education credits and/or signed structured video observation documentation.

Maura Berndsen, MA, LSLS Cert. AVT, is facilitating two Hearing First LSL Video Observation learning experiences in May and June 2019 featuring the same family and child, but different settings for the two highlighted early intervention sessions; a home-based session and a telepractice session. Learn how one LSL professional addresses LSL intervention goals in two very different settings by signing up for both learning experiences!

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Experience Details


June 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm ET

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 1.5 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Maura Berndsen MA, LSLS Cert. AVT

Maura Berndsen is the Executive Director of Listen and Talk, which is based in Seattle. She holds her BA in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University and her MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Maura is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist with a designation as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist through the AG Bell Academy. She has worked in listening and spoken language settings since 1990, joining Listen and Talk in 1996. As Executive Director at Listen and Talk, she provides organizational leadership and ensures the development of partnerships that lead to sustainable access to quality listening and spoken language services in the Puget Sound region. Maura also continues to provide direct LSL services to children and families. Maura is the past-president of OPTION Schools, Inc. and a Hands and Voices WA Chapter board member. She presents and contributes to publications on topics related to the development of listening and spoken language in children with all degrees of hearing loss.

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

  • Identify 3 examples of parent coaching strategies and techniques used in the parent-infant early intervention session.
  • Describe at least 3 occurrences of interventionist and/or parent use of LSL strategies and techniques during child interactions within the session.
  • Identify 3 auditory, speech and/or language skills practiced with the child during the intervention session. 
  • Describe 2 examples showing application of the child’s assessment information to activities in the intervention session.

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 1.5 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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