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LSL Strategies and Techniques

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) strategies and techniques are specific ways you can help your child who is deaf or hard of hearing learn to listen and talk.

Your LSL early intervention professional will teach you these strategies and help you develop your own technique and style to target your child’s specific goals based on their skill level. Start using these in your family’s everyday moments and routines so your child can become a great listener and talker.

12 Key LSL Strategies

There are 12 key LSL strategies you can use as you interact with your child to help them learn to listen and talk. As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. We've named these strategies so they'll be easy to remember, but your LSL intervention professional may use different names. Whatever they're called, their purpose is the same — to help your child develop their listening, talking, thinking, and reading skills.

LSL Strategies and Techniques

Download our helpful handout that outlines and defines these 12 key LSL strategies.

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What It Takes

Keep these five tips in mind when getting started with LSL strategies and techniques.

Eyes Open, Ears On

Make sure your child wears their hearing devices during all waking hours, at least 10 hours each day.

Make the Sessions Happen

Attend all LSL early intervention sessions with your child or ask another family member or caregiver to go in your place.

Practice, Practice, Practice

During the session, practice using the strategies with your LSL professional so you can use them with confidence at home.

Bring it on Home

Between sessions, use the strategies and techniques in daily routines and interactions with your child.

Make it a Family Affair

Make sure close family members and friends know about your child’s hearing devices and understand their LSL goals.