Spring Listening WalkPosted by Corey Jeanne Lynch on 3/27/2020 12:35:00 PM
Spring time is such a wonderful time of the year to expand language and practice listening skills! Why? Plants are growing, the weather is constantly changing, and animals are everywhere! While we're practicing social distancing, it's important to remember to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise. I suggest going over to the student activity page, and opening up the Spring Listening Walk to tag along during your adventure.
Prompt your child with hearing loss with questions like, "Do you hear that?" or "What do you think that sound is?" If they are having difficulty, take time to sit quietly and focus on that particular sound.
For students who are Deaf or use ASL to communicate, use the walk to look for items in nature and label them using sign language. If you don't know the sign, try to use words to describe it (color + size). When you get home, look up the sign and learn together!
Hope you have a great time on your walk!
Listening Checks at homePosted by Corey Jeanne Lynch on 3/25/2020 4:40:00 AM
Hello! Today I'm here to provide information on listening checks. For any student who wears any type of hearing technology, a listening check helps assess whether or not their equipment is working properly or if there are any other issues going on.
Just because school's out doesn't mean our student's equipment cannot be checked. I know--one more job for you to do at home...but GOOD NEWS!!! a listening check should take less than a minute/per ear depending on the equipment of the child.
First, why do we do them?
As the name suggests, there are six sounds in the Ling Six Sound Test. These sounds represent the entire speech range from low to high frequency. If your child can hear these sounds they will be able to hear all of the sounds of speech.
- mm, as in me
- oo, as in boo
- ah, as in car
- ee, as in see
- sh, as in wish
- s, as in us
Next, how is it done?
To carry out the test, simply say each of the sounds one at a time. Each sound should be said like it would be in a normal conversation, not too long or too short. The order doesn’t matter, as long as it’s random each time and you say the sounds with irregular pauses in between. This stops your child from guessing what sound might be said when.
If your child has two audio processors, do the test once for each device alone, to make sure each device is working well and then once with them together.
What you’re looking for is a signal that your child has heard the sound. A young child might blink, raise their eyebrows, look around to see where the sound came from, or stop what they’re doing. These responses tell us they have heard the sounds. Older children can repeat the sounds.
Last, where and when should I do the test?
Ideally, the test should be done in a quiet space with minimal distractions. It is also beneficial to complete the test first thing in the morning so that you can assure everything is working properly.
So big question, WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES A SOUND?!
DO. NOT. FRET. Keep track of whether or not your child misses the same sounds consistently. If it appears to be out of ordinary, it may be an issue with their hearing aid or processor. Check the battery and tubing to make sure there are no blockages. And of course, as always, please reach out to me at any time with questions.
If you hop over to the 'Resources for Parents' page, you can find a nice example for the Ling 6 sounds.
Finally- kindaPosted by Corey Jeanne Lynch on 3/24/2020 6:30:00 PM
"PAH" This is the phrase/sign used in the Deaf Community to signify "finally" or "success". In this case, it's my own as I'm finally taking control of this page. Before last week, the use of my teacher page seemed obselete due to the variety of students I serve all over Washington Twp. I'm kept busy with the many needs of the differences among all my students, but given the circumstances, I'm allotted the time to use this platform.
Over the last week, I have kept close contact with each student's general education teacher to provide support where needed. This is my chance to reach out to parents and students in a singular form. I've posted a Q&A section for both students and parents to ask questions about ANYTHING!
While our current situation is isolating for all of us, it can be particularly isolating for our children who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I hope that this can become a place to foster connection and guidance.
Parents: I hope you are okay. I feel for you. I believe in you. This is not easy for anyone. I am here for you in any way I can support your during remote learning.
Students: You are rockstars. I see the work you're doing and I'm proud of you. Make sure you're taking care of your equipment!
While I'm not looking forward to continued distanced learning, I am looking forward to doing this together!
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