Listening and Spoken Language

Learning listening and spoken language (LSL) is possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discover what the LSL approach is, why it matters, and what it takes to teach your child how to listen and talk.

Possibilities With LSL

Today’s impact on tomorrow.

The majority of children diagnosed with hearing loss can and do develop great listening, spoken language, and literacy skills – just like children with normal hearing.

Learn about all the possibilities a LSL approach offers and the early steps you can take to help your baby to learn to listen, talk, and read.

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Download Transcript Living the LSL Life: Aiden at Bat | Aiden can fully enjoy his first T-ball season, just like the other kids in his neighborhood, through listening and talking!

Why LSL Matters

Babies are learners from Day One.

Babies learn about their world by absorbing information through their senses, and early hearing experiences are the foundation for talking, reading, and writing.

Learn about the science behind LSL and learn why giving your child early access to sound is so important for brain development.

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What is Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)?

More than just a way to communicate.

As a communication option for children with hearing loss and their families, the LSL approach has evolved over many years and is preferred by parents who want their child to listen and talk.

Learn more about the goal and principles of the LSL approach through the voice of a mother sharing how LSL supported her child and family in achieving their desired outcomes of reading, writing, and communicating with family and friends.

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Download Transcript In Their Own Words: Julie Lyles Carr and Mike Carr | Parents Mike and Julie reflect on their journey teaching their daughter to listen and talk.

LSL: What It Takes

There is a proven path.

A future of listening and talking is possible for most babies, and what you do today counts for tomorrow.

Learn what it takes as a parent and as a family to teach your child LSL, what specific steps you should take, and why it’s important to move forward as early as possible.

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