5 Ways to Use the Photos You Already Have on Your Phone to Promote Listening and Spoken Language


Today I want to share some really easy, practical speech and language/listening and spoken language activity ideas that you can do with your child today, with a resource you probably already have–photos on your phone. By using your personal photos, not only are you working on your child’s goals, but you also create connection between you and your child, and … Read More

Strategies for Improving a Child’s Auditory Feedback Loop

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Have you ever been talking about two people, and accidently mixed up their names? Like instead of Mary and Ben you said “Bary and Men” and then caught yourself? Or accidentally called your child or partner the wrong name and had to correct yourself? If you have, you have used the auditory feedback loop. What is the Auditory Feedback Loop? … Read More

What is Auditory Verbal Therapy Anyway? (Part 3 of 3)


A view from above of a child holding a book and pointing at a page

This is part 3 in a 3 part series outlining the principles a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist* uses when working with children and families, and what those principles mean. I want to help parents understand what they can expect from therapy using auditory verbal principles. If you haven’t yet, click here to read Part 1 or here to read … Read More

19 Zucchinis: The Easiest Way to Grow Your Child’s Vocabulary


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We know that hearing and learning new vocabulary is important, especially for kids who are deaf and hard of hearing. But, what if I told you there is a super simple way to introduce, practice, and repeat new vocabulary in context? And that it takes very little effort on your part? Enter….books. Seriously. Reading with your child is one of … Read More

Tips for Teaching New Vocabulary

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Years ago, long before I had children, an interest in auditory verbal therapy, or a degree in speech language pathology, I remember being incredibly impressed with a friend’s toddler’s vocabulary. She was repeating names of fish on a poster. Names like “pickerel,” “lake sturgeon,” and “common carp” rolled off her tongue. I kept telling the friend how smart her kid … Read More