LISTENING & SPOKEN LANGUAGE

All Ears! believes that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen, talk, read, and write on the same level as their hearing friends with help from their parents.  Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) communication option programs are designed for families who want their children to hear and speak. The LSL approach is a family-centered philosophy using specialized intervention designed to guide and coach parents how to teach their child to maximize hearing with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.  The child first learns to HEAR a sound, then learns to UNDERSTAND the meaning of the sound, and then learns how to respond with spoken language.

Parents are their child’s first teacher, so the LSL approach helps parents lead their child to positive listening, speaking, literacy, academic, and social outcomes.  All children learn spoken language through listening.  LSL is a developmental approach which follows typical child milestones by introducing skills at the ages and stages when little brains are primed to learn. Children with hearing loss can learn spoken language when they are identified early, have appropriate hearing devices, and are taught to listen through special LSL techniques.

Guided by LSL and Auditory-Verbal principles, All Ears!’ program goal for each child is to prepare him/her to enter mainstream kindergarten.  All Ears! promotes education in regular schools with typical hearing peers as an integral element of the child’s journey toward independence and participation in the hearing world at large.

For more information about All Ears!, to schedule a Tour or a Complimentary Consultation, email Lee Rech, lee.rech@allearscenter.org.