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Listening and Spoken Language

Today, children who receive cochlear implants before the age of one year old can learn their family’s first language and to communicate with an ease via hearing with cochlear implants and speaking.  Rachel, the founder of this website, and her sister, Jessica, were raised with the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach.  While the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach is indeed a very successful method of teaching deaf children to learn to hear and speak, there are also who used the Auditory-Verbal Education approach and also learned to hear and speak successfully.


Auditory-Verbal Therapy

Auditory-Verbal Education

Professionals’ Stories

Online Practices for Listening

Sources of Funding: No deaf children should be denied a chance at listening, speaking, and a quality education just because of her family’s inability to pay for these service.  Look at the list of funding to help support the needs of deaf children.



Listening and Spoken Language Resources

The following resources are written by Elizabeth Boschini MS CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist working exclusively with children with hearing loss and their families.  Elizabeth is pursuing certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist.  Information presented is general in nature.  For assistance specific to your/your child’s case, please consult your listening and spoken language professional.

General Information on Listening and Spoken Language Techniques

No More Naked Crafts!

Let’s Make a Book!

Step Away from the Prize Box: How Rewards Hurt Children

Let’s Talk About Behavior

10 Quick and Easy Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Child Learn to Listen and Talk

The Hand Cue

Get Off the Stage!

Troubleshooting Tough Times

Don’t Be Too Good of a Listener

Praise the Process, Not the Product

Words Are Free


The Next Level

Hold Your Tongue!

Things I Don’t Care About… Vocal Quality

The Best Things in Life Are Free


Early Intervention

What to Do While Waiting for Your Baby’s Cochlear Implant

Books with Lots of Learning to Listen Sounds

The Knock Knock Box


Daily Routines

Bed Time, Bath Time, Swim Time

The 100 Words of Summer

Fun Fall Activities

Let’s Talk Turkey

Winter Holiday Listening and Language

Quiet Time

Lunch Time



Speech and Language Issue or a Hearing Problem?



Grammatical Morphemes: Precious, Fleeting, and Oh-So-Important

Picture This: Possessive Pronouns

Grammatical Morphemes


Crafts, Concepts, and Critical Elements

Difficult Listening Situations

Online Practice for Listening

Telephone Practice



Cognition and Play

Choosing Toys for Children with Hearing Loss

Duct Tape

Play with a Purpose



Phonological Awareness

Books for Shared Reading: Choosing Them, Changing Them

Write All About It!

Print Skills, Writing, and Spelling

Books, Books, Books!

Early Reading Comprehension

Advanced Reading Comprehension



Too Much of a Good Thing: Technology, Apps, and Auditory Verbal Therapy


Special Populations

The Catch-Up Game

Resources en Espanol

Deaf+ Kids: What I Found


Resources for Culturally Deaf Parents Raising Deaf Children:

These resources have been written by a Deaf parent of a deaf child.

How can a deaf child from a signing household develop listening and speaking skills?

Working with Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients Related to Deaf Parents