Listening and Spoken Language Therapy for Children With Hearing Loss: A Practical Auditory-Based Guide is a well-organized and practical textbook based on a provenspoken language, speech, and listening model for teaching children with hearing loss. Supported by decades of research and experience, the stage-based model is presented with clear steps for intervention. Written in easy-to-understand language, this textbook is accessible to university students who are new to the field of hearing loss, as well as to new and experienced professionals. It is a highly applicable tool for providing auditory-based therapy which supports professionals to empower parents and caregivers.
The stages emphasized in this textbook are developmental in nature, starting with the prelinguistic level and ending with advanced communication. Unlike the traditional age approach, this unique system can address any child regardless of age intervention. Operating based on the understanding that language is acquired through meaningful social interaction, the “stages not ages” system can be used for late starters, English learners, and children with additional disabilities.
A color-coding system for the model and a consistent presentation of content and tables provide clarity and a streamlined experience
A comprehensive case study for each stage puts the approach into context
Easy-to-use resources, in the form of tables and handouts for parents, give professionals ready-made tools for working with families
Explanations of proven strategies, including speech acoustics applications, Rainbow audiogram, e=mc2, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) theory, cookie dough theory, three-act play, and the dangling carrot
A deep conversation about the role of culture provides a uniting thread throughout the text
A PluralPlus companion website with PowerPoint lecture slides and exams for instructors and videos, handouts, learning activities, and discussion questions for students and professionals
“The text gives clear insights on discerning a child’s current listening and spoken language abilities according to benchmarks and offers a research-based toolset to facilitate ongoing progress. While focus is kept on empowering parents to implement intervention objectives for their child to acquire hierarchical skills, the context stays true to the family’s culture and daily lifestyle. …Impressive work! Very relevant—there isn’t a textbook with this “angle” available in the field. It’s a great resource!”<br /> —Nicole Jacobson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd, Director of Sound Beginnings, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University<br /> <br /> “I like how the topics are organized. They do not go off in tangents. The authors don’t just present information, they teach the material with many examples and supports. …The book is comprehensive from background theoretical knowledge to application. Parents are often neglected when teaching therapy, and the authors have a whole chapter. This is essential as the parents must become the therapist for maximum effectiveness. …The book is chock full of information presented in novel ways. The authors can take a difficult topic and teach it through examples and supporting graphics. The book is a bridge between multidisciplines (audiology, speech science, and education). Additionally, the book seamlessly incorporates cultural considerations. This is unique to most textbooks on this topic