LSL in Spanish: Impactful Intervention to Support the Home Language

Experience Overview

With an increasing number of children from Spanish-speaking homes being identified with hearing loss, there is an acute need to provide effective LSL intervention for Spanish-speaking families. During this four-week learning experience, participants will discover how to adapt, and not just translate, LSL intervention for Spanish-speaking families. Learners will discuss research evidence regarding the impact of exposure to multiple languages on the overall language development of children with hearing loss. Learners will also discuss the myriad reasons why interventionists should support the language of the home and family.  Intervention is most impactful when families find the goals and therapy activities to be natural and authentic to their language and culture. At the end of this course, learners will be able to conscientiously select culturally relevant sound-object associations, songs, rhymes, music and books in order to increase family engagement. When LSL professionals have the tools to go “beyond translation,” they can better facilitate Spanish-speaking families’ success in obtaining listening and spoken language outcomes for their children.


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Experience Details


Tuesdays September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1st from 7-8:30 PM ET

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 6 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® (Pending)

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Sarah Radlinski MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Sarah Radlinski is a speech-language pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. Sarah was on the pediatric hearing loss specialty track at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology; Sarah completed her externship at The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. Since then, Sarah has served as the bilingual speech-language pathologist for the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah is proficient in Spanish and provides Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) intervention for Spanish-speaking children and families in their native language. Sarah also currently serves as the Latino Programming Director for the Georgia state chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing; in this role she plans educational and social events for Spanish-speaking families to connect with each other and increase caregiver knowledge regarding hearing loss and LSL outcomes. Sarah additionally serves as a volunteer with Hear the World Foundation and is currently working with the families of children in Panama who received donated cochlear implants, as well as training the local professional on how to best obtain LSL outcomes (via in-person visits and tele-practice). Additionally, Sarah has presented at multiple national and international conferences on how to provide LSL intervention that is culturally and linguistically relevant for Spanish-speaking families of children with 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

  • Describe current research on bilingual language development in children with hearing loss and explain why it is critical to provide intervention that is culturally and linguistically relevant.
  • Develop awareness that Learning to Listen sounds may be different for Spanish-speaking families and list reasons why it is necessary to use sounds that are authentic to caregivers.
  • List 2 reasons why it is important to target songs and rhymes that were originally written in Spanish and may already be familiar to families. 
  • List 2 strategies to facilitate shared reading and storytelling in Spanish-speaking homes in ways that are culturally and linguistically sensitive.

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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