Auditory Practices is a series of training modules focused on creating comprehensive educational and therapeutic programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing who use sign and spoken language. This learning opportunity will offer a variety of successive topics such as listening technology, comprehensive assessment, current research, auditory skills development across environments and principles for creating strong teams. Case studies from children ages birth through school-age will be presented. A multi-disciplinary team at Boys Town National Research Hospital will demonstrate tools and resources from the Auditory Consultant Resource Network’s Handbook you can instantly implement in your teaching or practice.
How Student Needs Have Changed and a Strengths-Based Approach to Communication Methods: Current practices for students who are deaf or hard of hearing will be presented. The communication priority pyramid and the Auditory-to-Visual Communication Continuum will be used to identify individual student strengths and directions for intervention. Guides for planning differentiated instruction in the classroom will be modeled. Videos of children developing over time will demonstrate methodologies and communication preferences.
Comprehensive Assessment and Individualized Intervention Plans: The essential components of a comprehensive communication assessment will be presented. Strategies for assessing skills across communication modalities will be discussed. Translating assessment results into goals will be demonstrated through student profiles.
Optimizing Auditory Access and Individualizing Auditory Development: Current hearing aid and cochlear implant technology will be presented. Tools will be introduced to help systematically plan classroom accommodations and supports such as FM systems and interpreter use. The auditory skills hierarchy and auditory goal selection will be discussed.
Individualizing Goals Across Environments: This session will introduce a holistic approach to designing intervention. Strategies will be modeled to support auditory learning in the classroom and one-on-one sessions. Developmentally appropriate classroom practices will be covered. Additionally, self-study tools will be shown to aid professionals in individualizing their intervention approaches.
Principles and Practices for Successful Collaboration: This course will present leadership principles and insights to help enhance your ability to activate your individualized student plans. Strategies and tools will be modeled through case studies across age ranges.