Introduction to Strengths-Based Coaching

Experience Overview

In this advanced level experience, you’ll enhance your professional practice and develop strengths-based skills for your coaching and mentoring partnerships, whether parent or professional! You’ll acquire and apply knowledge of adult learning theory, fundamentals of instructing, consulting, evaluating, mentoring, and evocative coaching. You’ll also improve your strategies for listening, expressing empathy, asking open ended questions, brainstorming, and designing experiments. This experience is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge that is the foundation for successfully supporting professionals seeking LSLS Certification from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® as well as parents of children with hearing loss.

This is a 4-week course with no breaks. The information below provides specific dates for all live online sessions. Participants can earn 10 hours of CEU credit through the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® by participating in the 4 live sessions. All live sessions take place on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time and will be recorded and archived.

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Experience Details


Live sessions are held on Thursdays May 21, 28, June 4, and 11 from 7-8:30 PM ET.

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 10 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

Learning Level

Aspiring (Basic)

Experience Facilitator

Ashley Garber M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Ashley S, Garber, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT has spent the last 20+ years working to accelerate spoken language outcomes for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, both in clinical practice and through professional teaching and consulting activities. In her practice, LSL Learning Partners, LLC, she now focuses specifically on LSL mentoring, organizational consulting, and content development with an eye toward practical applications of LSL concepts. As a speaker and mentor, in her former role as educational consultant to the Cochlear Americas’ HOPE Program, and currently as a collaborator with, she has had the opportunity to lead and learn from professionals across the country as well as internationally.

Experience Facilitator

Beth Walker Wooten M.Ed., CED., LSLS Cert AVT

Beth Walker Wooten, M.Ed., C.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, is the Professional Community Coordinator for Hearing First. 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 teenage boys in a testosterone cloud in Alabama.

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

  • Develop personal goals and aspirations for mentoring and coaching
  • Identify strengths that align with the characteristics of a successful mentor/coach
  • Learn the elements of coaching through video analysis, case studies and discussions
  • Share new insights on strengths-based coaching and apply it to your practice

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 10 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®.

How to Earn CEUs

Each session of this learning experience includes pre-learning content and discussion prompts that should be reviewed before each live interaction session. 

Learners in this series can earn 10 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 1.0 CEUs for 10 CEU hours from the American Academy of Audiology for this course. No partial CEUs will be awarded.   

The requirements for earning CEUs are as follows: 

  • Each session has assignments customized for the content, objectives, and are designed to take approximately one hour. On the course homepage, overall requirement progress is tracked. On the session page, additional requirement details are available and tracked. Detailed pre-learning instructions can be found at the top of the lesson page.
  • Some assignments may include watching a video. There may be several videos in the pre-learning lessons. You may stop and start the videos as often as you wish. You may be asked at least once to enter your information prior to viewing. If the form does not appear for each video, you are already logged in and data will be captured. 
  • At the end of a video, you may be prompted to complete a quizAfter the results are revealed, marking “Done” will prompt a message letting you know it was received.
  • Some assignments may include completing a form and uploading it into the course. There will be specific instructions for uploading documents.
  • Share with other learners in the discussion forum
  • Attend the full live session each week. The day of the live session you will receive an email with the link or return to the course homepage to access the link. You are encouraged to log in at least 20 minutes early for troubleshooting technology and connectivity prior to the start of the session.
  • Complete the Feedback Survey within 2 weeks. The link is emailed the day after the final live session, or return to the course homepage to access the link.
  • After completing the Feedback Survey you will receive an email with a link to download a customized CEU certificate, or return to the course homepage to access the link.

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Disclosure: Beth Walker Wooten is the Professional Community Coordinator for Hearing First. Ashley Garber is the Mentoring Coordinator for Hearing First. They have received compensation for teaching this course from Hearing First.

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