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®.

The Hearing First Learning Philosophy

Hearing First supports a learning model of Seek-Sense-Share. (Jarche, 2012) This model supports a complete cycle of learning to promote change in LSL living and practice. Learners seek new knowledge, make sense of it by applying, practicing, reflecting and collaborating then share back ideas and experiences with others. We believe this connected online learner-driven approach will equip families and professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to improve LSL outcomes for young children and their families.

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Hearing First (HF) Learning Experiences and Community Discussions are powerful learning tools to advance the practice of teaching spoken language through listening. These experiences foster the understanding and application of the science and art of LSL practice. The opinions and comments of facilitators and learners in Hearing First Learning Experiences are not necessarily the viewpoints shared by Hearing First and/or by other Community Members. As a reminder, Hearing First Learning Experiences are governed by and subject to the Hearing First Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community Code of Conduct, and we encourage all Community Members participating in a Hearing First Learning Experience to review our policies regularly.