Other early intervention resources
Auditory skill development
The following HOPE Note provides information on the hierarchy of auditory skill development that is essential for assessing current ability, targeting intervention goals and providing habilitation to children with cochlear implants.
The Ling-6 Sounds [m, ah, oo, ee sh, s] are important part of a young child’s listening development. Included in this downloadable pack are 6 cards. On one side of each is a picture of a Ling sound. On the reverse side are pictures and instructions that can be used to teach early vowels and simple phrases, extend early listening skills as well as develop language/ thinking skills through matching.
Speech Sounds has been designed to give children rich auditory input and exposure to one sound, and then move to a different sound after one or two weeks.
It helps teach the 20 most common English consonant sounds, by suggesting child friendly words, games and toys, daily routines, songs, books and more.
Parents can use Speech Sounds as a teaching aid at home. Ideally, families will be working in partnership with a therapist or educator for auditory habilitation.
Newly implanted preschooler
While children as young as 12 months of age can have a cochlear implant, some receive them at a later age. These children have a great opportunity to catch up to their hearing peers, especially if their habilitation program takes into account their auditory and language experiences prior to implantation. The following HOPE Note guide addresses considerations for designing a comprehensive intervention plan for newly implanted preschool aged children.
Children from homes with spoken languages other than English
As a therapist or educator for auditory habilitation you may sometimes be working with parents and young implant recipients who usually speak in a language other than English at home. This article explores the auditory and language-learning needs of these implant recipients and offer suggestions and strategies to assist in their language development both at home and school.
HOPE seminar series
HOPE seminars are online seminars designed for educational professionals, therapists and clinicians who work with babies, children, teens and adults with hearing loss. Some are also appropriate for parents and recipients. The seminars can be accessed live and recorded (there are more than 120 archived seminars). They feature:
- in person workshops
- guides for educational professionals
- downloadable “notes” on a wide variety of habilitation and education-related topics
- a copies of the instructors’ PowerPoint presentation
- Download HOPE modules
Continuing education units (CEU’s)
CEU’s from ASHA and the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) are offered for all live online seminars while CEU’s from AAA are also available for recorded courses.
See the list of all the HOPE seminars available