Children with Hearing Loss:
Early Intervention in Support of
Listening & Spoken Language

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  • Author
    K. Todd Houston
  • Level
  • CEUs
    2 hours
  • Video time
    1:44 hour
  • Exams
    10 questions
  • Language
  • Audience
    Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers

Learn about the primary approach that supports the development of listening and spoken communication in children who use hearing technologies

Today, children with hearing loss are acquiring listening and spoken language outcomes that rival their hearing peers.

We continue to see these results because of universal newborn hearing screening, early diagnosis and fitting of hearing technology, and timely early intervention from well-trained professionals.

Auditory-Verbal Therapy is the primary approach that supports listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss.

This presentation will describe the use of Auditory-Verbal Therapy to support the learning and communication of young children with hearing loss.

What you are going to learn

Viewers will be able to

  1. Identify the incidence and prevalence of hearing loss in children
  2. List current trends affecting the identification of children with hearing loss and enrollment in early intervention
  3. Define Auditory-Verbal Therapy through the 10 principles of practice

K. Todd Houston, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Speech-Language Pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist

Dr. Houston is a Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS), Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). He is currently a member of the faculty in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Akron (Akron, OH) and also serves as an SLP and LSLS Cert. AVT for the Cochlear Implant Program at Akron Children’s Hospital.

For more than 25 years, his professional focus has been serving young children with hearing loss and their families who are learning to listen and acquire spoken language as well as providing aural rehabilitation to adults with hearing loss. Over the past decade, Dr. Houston has incorporated telepractice into his service delivery and continues to provide direct services each week, both in-person and through telepractice, to young children with hearing loss and their families.

He has authored/edited three recent books through Plural Publishing: Telepractice In Speech-Language Pathology (2014), Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (with Dr. Tamala Bradham, 2015), and Telerpactice In Audiology (with Dr. Emma Rushbrooke, 2016). Dr. Houston continues to publish research articles, book chapters, and other editorials focused on a range of related clinical topics. Dr. Houston also is a co-founder of the 3C Digital Media Network and host of the podcast, The Listening Brain.