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Nuts And Bolts

Nuts & Bolts Lecture Series
2011 - 2012

Nuts & Bolts is a series of one-hour presentations on topics related to educating children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The presentations are designed for educators, parents and professionals with a basic knowledge of childhood hearing loss.

School districts, agencies and organizations serving children with hearing loss may purchase the Nuts & Bolts series as a staff development tool, allowing any staff member access to the presentations by:

  • Joining us live during the presentation through video conferencing or web streaming
  • Viewing presentations on our Video-on-Demand web page
  • Downloading and saving presentations from our Video-on-Demand web page to personal hard drives, flash drives or CD.

Nuts & Bolts Presentation Schedule

October 11, 2011

Are These Things On? Verifying Hearing Aid Performance for Children

Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., CCC-A, Research Audiologist, Hearing and Amplification Research Lab

Objective methods are necessary to ensure children who wear hearing aids have access to the sounds they need to communicate and develop socially and academically. This lecture will provide current approaches to maximize audibility across a wide range of situations. Subscribers click here.

October 25, 2011

Functional Listening Assessments: From Hearing to Listening

Katie Brennan, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Ongoing assessments and diagnostic therapy are important to ensure interventions are challenging enough to promote the development of a child’s auditory skills. This lecture will discuss measures and tools used to assess listening skills from auditory access through processing complex language. Subscribers click here.

November 8, 2011

Transitioning Young Children with Hearing Loss: The Journeys To and From Preschool

Amy Tyler Krings, M.A., Speech-Language Pathologist

This lecture will provide an overview of family and educational considerations that can influence the decision-making involved in transitioning young children with hearing loss to new educational settings. Subscribers click here.

November 22, 2011

Seeing Sounds: An Exploration of Cued Speech and Visual Phonics

Lauren M. Unflat Berry M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

This lecture will focus on tools to help make individual speech sounds visual. Cued Speech and Visual Phonics components and applications will be described. The differences in the two approaches will be explored along with demonstrations of each technique. Subscribers click here.

December 13, 2011

Genetics of Hearing Loss: Focus on Syndromic Forms

Kristal Platt, M.S., Certified Genetics Counselor and Vision Program Coordinator and Kendell Simms, Au.D., CCC-A, Staff Audiologist

This lecture will cover genetic and medical aspects of oculoauriculovertebral spectrum (OAV), Stickler syndrome and CHARGE syndrome. Particular emphasis will be placed on the audiologic characteristics and classroom needs of children with these conditions. Subscribers click here.

January 10, 2012

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): Assessment and Intervention Considerations for Children with Hearing Loss

Sara Robinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Children who have complex needs in addition to hearing loss may benefit from alternative modes of communication. This lecture will provide an overview of AAC options (from low to high tech) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and will discuss assessment and intervention strategies. Subscribers click here.

January 24, 2012

Preschool Education Considerations When Hearing Loss is NOT the Primary Concern

Shelly L. Carney, M.S., CED, CI/CT, Deaf Educator/Sign Language Interpreter

Often hearing loss is not the only identified special need requiring attention in the classroom. This lecture will discuss practices to maximize student learning when a variety of needs are present, such as developmental delays, fine and gross motor challenges, behavioral issues, vision difficulties and challenges with traditional modes of expressing language. Subscribers click here.

February 14, 2012

Auditory Osseointegrated Devices: An Overview and A Guide to Device Troubleshooting

Kendell Simms, Au.D., CCC-A, Staff Audiologist and Carisa Reyes, Au.D., CCC-A, Cochlear Implant Audiologist

This lecture will define auditory osseointegrated devices, discuss candidacy, and provide information about current available devices and fitting them. Participants will be familiarized with device parts, warning indicators, and basic troubleshooting for hearings aids and cochlear implants. Subscribers click here.

February 28, 2012

Getting to Know You: Promoting Social-Cognitive Development in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D., Director, Center for Childhood Deafness

During the preschool years, children advance in their ability to understand the beliefs, desires and feelings of others (theory of mind). This lecture will cover social-cognitive skills and how parents and teachers can encourage and further the child’s development. Subscribers click here.

March 13, 2012

Creating Literacy-based Classrooms for Preschool Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Laura Kriegshauser, MED, Deaf Educator & Parent Infant Specialist and Katherine Kaiser M.A., CED, Deaf Educator & Parent Infant Specialist

Literacy and language development are essential parts of every preschool classroom. This presentation will describe how to uniquely apply literacy and language development teaching strategies when working with children who are deaf of hard of hearing. Video examples of preschool classrooms will be shared. Subscribers click here.

March 27, 2012

Supporting Auditory Development in the Home

Katie Brennan, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

In order for children to maximize their auditory development, they must have meaningful opportunities for listening throughout their entire day. This presentation will discuss the identification of auditory learning opportunities in the home and the strategies used to enhance auditory learning. Subscribers click here.

April 10, 2012

Home Visits: Tools of the Trade

Kris Mixan, M.S., Deaf Educator/Counselor, Coordinator of Early Childhood Services

This lecture will discuss the tools used by parent-infant specialists providing birth to age three intervention services in the home. Strategies, techniques and specific skills that educate and instill confidence in families will be demonstrated through video examples. Subscribers click here.

April 24, 2012

Case Studies of Children with Cochlear Implants: Successes and Challenges

Jacquelyn Baudhuin, Au.D., CCC-A, Audiologist, Cochlear Implant Program and Julianne Svingen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

In this course, case studies will illustrate the importance of individualized management and consistent follow-up in order to monitor a child’s progress in hearing, speech, and language development following cochlear implantation. In some cases, needs are straightforward and progress is predictable. Other more complicated cases require special considerations, further testing, and plan modifications to meet the child’s needs. Subscribers click here.

May 8, 2012

The Language-Literacy Connection and What It Means for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sophie Ambrose, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Postdoctoral Fellow, Speech-Language Pathologist

Language and literacy are inextricably tied to one another. Thus, the language delays generally demonstrated by children with hearing loss put them at risk for limited literacy achievement. This presentation will review findings related to the language and literacy abilities of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and will provide educators with strategies for promoting the language and literacy skill development for these children.

May 22, 2012

Language Interaction in Curriculum: Considerations for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Catherine C. Carotta, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Center for Childhood Deafness

This lecture will provide a framework for examining how students who are deaf or hard of hearing are accessing the educational curriculum. Classroom video clips will be used to demonstrate the interaction of student language, content language and teacher language.

June 19, 2012

Bimodal Hearing - A Hearing Aid in Conjunction with a Cochlear Implant

Jeffrey L. Simmons, M.A., CCC-A, Cochlear Implant Clinical Coordinator

Many implant recipients have residual hearing in the non-implanted ear that may benefit from amplification. This lecture will look at candidacy for bimodal stimulation, benefits of the practice, and some recommendations for setting a hearing aid when it is used to complement the cochlear implant.

Our presenters are available for distance follow-up conversations with agencies wishing to expand their interactions with hearing and speech-language experts at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Nuts & Bolts License Fees

  • Single Agency License - $1,600
  • Multi-Agency License - $2,600
  • State-Agency License - $3,600

For more information or to purchase the Nuts & Bolts Series, please contact Teresa McEvoy at (402) 452-5000 or