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.

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The Need for LSL Learning

Today’s infants, toddlers and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing have unprecedented opportunities to develop their language, cognitive and social skills – right alongside their peers with typical hearing.

The powerful combination of early hearing detection, advances in hearing technology, and early intervention have come together to support families and children who seek a listening and spoken language outcome.

Because hearing technology and LSL outcomes have changed so significantly in the last 20 years, professionals and families need an ongoing learning plan to meet the changing needs of this population.

We’re now providing the foundational LSL knowledge you need in a 12-course program, the Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series!

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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
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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, Tamara Elder, Lindsay Zombek, Kathryn Wilson Linder and Dr. Teresa Caraway.
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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

Series Learning Structure

Learners will enroll in each of the 12 experiences separately. Learners who take all experiences in the sequence would complete the course of study in approximately 18 months, beginning July 2019 and ending November 2020. The Series is planned to repeat again beginning January 2020 and ending June 2021. This program structure will allow learners to make up a learning experience missed during the first round.

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Series Learning Experiences and Dates

  • Auditory Development and Function SEP 30, 2019 - OCT 21, 2019
  • Speech Development and Assessment in LSL Intervention NOV 11, 2019 - DEC 2, 2019
  • LSL Auditory Verbal Strategies and Techniques JAN 13, 2020 - FEB 3, 2020
  • Child Development Pre-Birth – 18 Months in LSL Intervention FEB 24, 2020 - MAR 16, 2020
  • Child Development 18 – 36 Months in LSL Intervention APR 6, 2020 - APR 27, 2020
  • Child Development 36 – 60 Months in LSL Intervention MAY 18, 2020 - JUN 8, 2020
  • Language Development and Assessment in LSL Intervention JUN 29, 2020 - JUL 20, 2020
  • Emergent Literacy in LSL Intervention AUG 10, 2020 - AUG 31, 2020
  • Parent Guidance and Coaching in LSL Intervention SEP 21, 2020 - OCT 12, 2020
  • Special Considerations in LSL Intervention NOV 2, 2020 - NOV 23, 2020
  • Pediatric Hearing Technology and Auditory Access JAN 7, 2020 - JAN 28, 2020
  • Audiological Assessment and Interpretation FEB 18, 2020 - MAR 10, 2020

How to Participate

STEP ONESign Up to Learn More

Fill out the form below to make sure you receive updated information and registration notifications about the Fundamentals of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Learning Series.

STEP TWOJoin a Community

As with all Hearing First learning experiences, this Series requires membership in the Hearing First Professional Learning Community or Family Support Community upon registration. Get a head start and join a community today!

STEP THREERegister Separately

This Series is flexible for learners, meaning you’ll need to register for each learning experience of the Series. As soon as a learning experience registration opens, make sure to sign up!

STEP FOURStart Learning

Once you register for a learning experience, you’ll have access to a private learning group to access pre-learning discussions, video lectures and materials prior to each 90-minute live interactive session with the facilitator.

Improve Your LSL Knowledge and Skills

If you are a parent, an early intervention professional, speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf or audiologist this Fundamentals of LSL Learning Series will provide the knowledge and practical insights to enhance your LSL practice and impact child outcomes!

Interested in the Learning Series?

Sign-up to receive more information about the learning series. You'll also be notified when the first learning experience of the series is live!

Earn CEUs

Professionals participating in the Series can earn CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language™ and the American Academy of Audiology (if applicable) for each learning experience they participate in. Learners will also receive a Series Completion Certificate once they complete all 12 learning experiences!

Answers to CEU Questions

To learn about the requirements for obtaining CEUs for Hearing First learning experiences, click here.