Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

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Question from K.M., Vermont

I am looking for listening comprehension programs for elementary HH/CI students. Again, I find checklists but few programs for what we used to call ‘auditory training’. All are either for young, early implanted (Dave Sindrey for example) or teenagers (music and phone use). I have used the SPICE program… but is that all?

Question from K.M., Vermont. Posted February 8, 2013.
Response from Linda J. Spencer - New Mexico State University

I am delighted to see that you are investigating different listening comprehension programs.  There are several out there and more that are being developed all the time.  It is a bit interesting that many of the materials are now being hosted by the Implant Corporations, but in a way it makes sense.  They employ the people who do the work and creative aspects.  I know that the cost of developing materials is very high and the market is relatively sparse compared to other products, so this may be why Implant Corps can absorb the cost.  (example– you mentioned Sindry, and his work is now available through these websites). Here is a resource list of my favorites for elementary age:

Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation materials—many are developed by Geoff Plant and are very good  http://www.hearf.org/Materials.html

Hear at Home
Speech Stuff
Rhythm, Rhyme & Song
Speech Rhymes
Step by Step

Goldberg Stout, G., & Windle J. Developmental Approach to Successful Listening II  (DASL)
Tye-Murray, N. (2002). Conversation Made Easy. Three 6-set CD-ROM Training Programs. Central Institute for the Deaf, St. Louis, MO.

Have you tried the CI company’s websites?  Each company offers a multitude of materials ranging from reproducible materials, listening logs, listening activities etc, which are not just telephone use or music, and many are free to donload. Activities are appropriate for CI users or Hearing Aid users.  See, for example the Listening Room by Advanced bionics http://www.hearingjourney.com/Listening_Room/preview.cfm?langid=1

Cochlear Corporation offers their HOPE website which has so many resources, some to purchase, some are training seminars, some are apps for IPad (it is WONDERFUL) http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/

MedEL offers the BRIDGE http://www.medel.com/us/rehabilitation/  and this site again has items to purchase items to download for free.

*For many of these sites, you do need to register and login in, but that is a small price to pay for the wealth of information you receive.  Do register and you will see so many listening tasks and activities.