Pennsylvania Professional Development Workshop 2016
"ABCDEF......GEEZ! Phonological Awareness: Accelerating Reading Skills for Children with Hearing Loss"
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phonological awareness is seen as the critical skill for later literacy success. However, there is widespread evidence that children with hearing loss struggle to develop phonological awareness skills commensurate with peers who have normal hearing. In fact, even though cochlear implants and digital hearing aids have provided increased access to sound for children with hearing loss, their median reading levels by 18 years of age have not increased since the 1970s. Literacy outcomes for children with hearing loss have been reported to continue to plateau at a median third- to fourth-grade reading level. Clearly, increased access to sound has not led to gains in literacy performance on its own. There is a great need, therefore, to provide effective and efficient literacy interventions for children with hearing loss.
The purpose of this workshop will be to demonstrate features of phonological awareness intervention for preschoolers with hearing loss that could facilitate mastery of phonological awareness skills comparable to children without hearing loss. In particular, issues related to skills that are transferable to mainstream settings, intervention modifications suspected to be important for children with hearing loss and treatment intensity will be highlighted. Participants will also receive specific training in the developmental scope and sequence of phonological awareness skills through an evidenced-based program that has been demonstrated to be effective for preschool children with hearing loss who are learning spoken language.
Keynote speaker: Michael Douglas, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Michael is a speech-language pathologist and a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. He received his BA in speech-language pathology in 1994 and an MA in 1996 from the University of North Texas. He received his certification in auditory-verbal therapy in 2002. Since then he has focused his career on teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak in various settings including early childhood programs, schools, hospitals, private practice, and cochlear implant centers. Michael served as the Director of the Speech Clinic and Director of Intervention Services at the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, TX from 2005-2012. Michael has contributed to several peer review publications on bilingual issues for children with hearing loss and was an adjunct instructor at The University of Houston from 2010-2012. Currently, he mentors aspiring Cert. AVTs, lectures worldwide and is the Principal of the Mama Lere Hearing School in the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee.