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Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series

Ready to learn the ins and outs of LSL early intervention?

Cover the fundamentals to support this communication outcome for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the 12-course Hearing First scope and sequence program, Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series. See our catalog of learning experiences and sign up for the LSL Learning Series courses here.

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About the Fundamentals of LSL Learning Series

The Hearing First Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series provides 12 blended online learning experiences, each lasting four-weeks, sequenced to introduce learners to the Listening and Spoken Language Domains of Knowledge. All learning experiences are facilitated by highly qualified thought leaders in the LSL field including Dr. Jace Wolfe, Beth Walker Wooten, Sylvia Rotfleisch, Dr. Teresa Caraway, Tamara Elder, Sherri Fickenscher, Heather Grantham, Ellen Rhoades, Lindsay Hanna, Darcy Stowe, and Lindsay Zombek.

Topics Covered in the Fundamentals of LSL Learning Series

  • Hearing Technology
  • Audiological Assessment and Interpretation
  • Auditory Development and Function
  • Speech and Language Development and Assessment
  • A-V Strategies and Techniques
  • Child Development
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Parent Guidance and Coaching
  • Special Considerations in LSL Intervention
Dr. Teresa Caraway, Hearing First CEO
The Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series will cover the ins and outs of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) early intervention practice and is a great learning opportunity for professionals and parents alike. - Dr. Teresa Caraway

Series Learning Experiences and Dates

  • Pediatric Hearing Technology and Auditory Access SEP 14, 2021 - OCT 5, 2021
  • Auditory Development and Function OCT 26, 2021 - NOV 16, 2021
  • Audiological Assessment and Interpretation JAN 11, 2022 - FEB 1, 2022
  • Speech Development and Assessment in LSL Intervention MAR 8, 2022 – MAR 29, 2022
  • LSL Auditory Verbal Strategies and Techniques APR 19, 2022 - MAY 10, 2022
  • Child Development Pre-Birth – 18 Months in LSL Intervention JUN 7, 2022 – JUN 28, 2022
  • Child Development 18 – 36 Months in LSL Intervention JUL 12, 2022 - AUG 2, 2022
  • Child Development 36 – 60 Months in LSL Intervention SEP 13, 2022 – OCT 4, 2022
  • Language Development and Assessment in LSL Intervention OCT 25, 2022 – NOV 15, 2022
  • Emergent Literacy in LSL Intervention JAN 10, 2023 - FEB 7, 2023
  • Parent Guidance and Coaching in LSL Intervention MAR 7, 2023 – MAR 28, 2023
  • Special Considerations in LSL Intervention APR 18, 2023 – MAY 9, 2023

Series Learning Structure

The series covers the fundamentals of LSL and the 12 courses can be taken in any order. While courses follow a schedule, learners can start with any course that’s open for registration. When taken in succession, completing all 12 courses takes approximately 18 months. Learners must sign up for each course separately once registration for that course opens.

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How to Participate


STEP ONEJoin a Community

If you’re not already a member, sign up for either the Professional Learning Community or Family Support Community. All Hearing First learning experiences require membership before you can register for a course. It’s free, and a great way to connect with others on the LSL journey, ask questions, and more.

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STEP TWORegister for Each Course

Once you’re a community member, you can register for any available learning experience for free! Check the catalog regularly to see when new courses are available for registration. Since this series is flexible for learners and rotates courses over 18 months, you’ll need to register for each course separately.

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STEP THREEStart Learning

Once you register, you’ll have access to pre-learning discussions, video lectures, and materials prior to each 90-minute live session with the facilitator. Learners will receive a Certificate of Completion and professionals can earn CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and/or the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).

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