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Pennsylvania Professional Development Workshop 2017

A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language

October 6, 2017

at the Sheraton Valley Forge


This workshop is sponsored by Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Philadelphia and features presenters Lydia Denworth, Dr. Teresa H. Caraway and Wendy DeMoss. This educational event is an exciting new platform that will provide participants an opportunity to engage with one another to inspire new thinking, to apply brain science and increase their effectiveness with the children and families they serve.

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Lydia Denworth


Lydia Denworth is a freelance journalist and the author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language (Dutton, 2014). Called “luminous” and “indispensible” by Publishers Weekly, and covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS, NPR, People, Vanity Fair, and many others, the book recounts Denworth’s exploration of hearing, language, and Deaf culture after she discovered that her youngest son couldn’t hear. It’s a story that weaves together memoir, science and cultural history, and takes readers to the edge of all that is known about the exquisite relationship between sound and the brain. Denworth is also the author of Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, and the Battle over Lead (Beacon Press, 2009).

In addition to her books, Denworth writes the “Brain Waves” blog for Psychology Today, and her work has appeared in Scientific American, Parents, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and many other publications. She is a former Newsweek reporter, bureau chief for People, and professor of journalism at Fordham University.

Theresa Caraway


Teresa H. Caraway, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the CEO of Hearing First, an educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation. Dr. Caraway served as the Founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and Founder and Executive Co-Director of Hearts for Hearing. She served on the Board of Auditory-Verbal International and founding board member of ACIA.

Wendelyn DeMoss


Wendy DeMoss, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Programs Officer at Hearing First. Wendy brings her experiences as a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist serving children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families and mentoring professionals to champion development and implementation of a wide variety of content and learning programs at Hearing First.


Hearing First is an educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation. It launched in October 2015 based on the premise that hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers and do well in school. Through collaborative efforts, our activities are dedicated to ensuring that children who are deaf or hard of hearing have opportunities to reach their full potential. Hearing First recognizes that families and professionals are partners when it comes to improving outcomes for children. The Hearing First website is a multimedia digital experience and connection point designed to link families who have chosen Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) for their children with hearing loss, and the professionals who work with them, with the resources, information, tools, community and learning experiences they need to ensure the children in their lives succeed. To learn more about Hearing First, please view this Hearing First handout


Lydia will present on the following three topics:

I. The Brain and the Science of Sound
II. How Sound turns into Language
III How Language turns into Literacy

Following each of three presentations by Lydia, Teresa, Wendy and Clarke PA staff will immerse participants in collaborative inquiry and discussion to gain knowledge, insights and strategies to improve listening, spoken language and literacy outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Participants will also have an opportunity after the workshop to extend their learning by joining in and connecting with other LSL professionals in the Hearing First Professional Learning Community.


8:00 Registration opens
8:30 Presentation begins
9:00- 9:45 Lydia presents: The Brain and the Science of Sound
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00- 10:45 Extended Learning lead by Teresa/Wendy
10:45-11:30 Lydia presents: How Sound turns into Language
11:30- 12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Extended Learning lead by Teresa/Wendy
1:30-2:15 Lydia presents How Language turns into Literacy
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-4:00 Extended Learning lead by Teresa/Wendy ,Q & A, Wrap up

Professionals can earn Professional Development Credits from:

  • AG Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs
  • ASHA Credits

    This program is offered for .60 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate, Professional Area).

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The rate for A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language is $125 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. If you are registering more than one person, please list additional attendees in the Comments section.

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