An Introduction to and Overview of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL): Part 1Michael Boston and Constance McGrogan, SLP, LSLS Cert. AV ED
This is the first section of two presentations that includes an introduction and overview to Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). It is encouraged, but not required, that participants attend both sections due to an emphasis on applying the principles learned from this first section to the second section.
Listening and Spoken Language (LSL), developed by the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, is a revolutionary, yet relatively new certification that provides a framework for addressing auditory skill development for students with hearing loss. LSL is an infused auditory/oral approach, seeking to maximize a student’s hearing capacity and utilize auditory- only supports to create an independent auditory/oral user.
This workshop is intended for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (TODHH), Speech- Language Pathologists (SLP), regular education teachers, audiologists, school administrators, parents, and others interested in understanding what Listening and Spoken Language is, how it is used, and how they can begin supporting their students with hearing loss who utilize an auditory/oral mode as their primary mode of communication. Participants will focus on identifying the critical components that all teachers need to know when working with students who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to utilize the principles of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) communication strategies.
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Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Speech Therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals
Speaker Bios: Michael Boston
is an itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing with six years of teaching experience in the field, working with students from ages 3-21 in rural to suburban western Pennsylvania. He also taught American Sign Language and Deaf Culture at Clarion University and has accrued over 20 years of freelance sign language interpreting experience. His bachelor's degree is in Deaf Education with a dual certification in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his master's degree is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University. In his career, Michael aims to provide families of children with hearing loss the full range of educational options, including oral, manual, tactile, and combinations of communication styles. In this pursuit, he acquired EIPA certification as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter, has almost completed his training to become an Auditory-Verbal / Listening and Spoken Language Educator (AVeD), and is pursuing his doctorate in special education. Michael has a passion for teaching self-advocacy and inspiring students to reach their potential.
Constance McGrogan, SLP, LSLS Cert. AV ED
is a Speech/Language and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist who worked at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech for over 40 years. As a Speech Pathologist, she was an integral part of establishing the cochlear implant program at DePaul in 1989. Additional post graduate work was obtained in aural habilitation and teaching speech to Hearing Impaired individuals at Smith College and continued with Daniel Ling at McGill University and the University of Ontario in Canada. She works with children from 18 months to age 15 developing oral language, audition and speech skills. Constance previously taught a course, “Aural Habilitation”, for several years at Carlow College to Speech Pathology majors. She has always had a special interest in empowering parents which led her to pursue her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification as a certified Auditory Verbal Educator. She presents at various Universities on the topic of Auditory Verbal Education, and serves as a mentor for other professionals seeking LSL certification.