Magazine article Volta Voices

Workshops Expand Opportunity, International Outreach

Magazine article Volta Voices

Workshops Expand Opportunity, International Outreach

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When Dr. Alexander Graham Bell founded AG Bell, he encouraged the promotion of auditory training and spoken language for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing around the globe.

Recently, AG Bell has expanded its international efforts to include educational workshops designed to help International Affiliates and the international community at large increase their capacity to deliver services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing at a local level.

Two educational workshops held in Europe July 16-17, 2005, featured Judith Simser, O. Ont., B. Ed., Dip. Ed. Deaf, Cert. AVT, and Dr. Morag Clark, both experts renowned for their work developing international programs focused on auditory learning and spoken language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

International Affiliate Co-Hosts Workshop

On July 16, AG Bell and the Cochlear Implant Center Cologne in Germany welcomed Judith Simser for a presentation, "Auditory-Verbal Therapy at the Breakfast Table," attended by more than 100 parents and students. Like many people in the field of deaf education, Simser believes that the vast majority of children with hearing impairments have strong hearing potential and that listening must be learned. Simser's presentation illustrated that families who integrate Auditory-Verbal techniques and targets into their children's everyday activities provide the best opportunity for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop good listening and language outcomes.

"I have been fortunate to attend several of Judy Simser's presentations and have found each one to be full of information key to my Auditory-Verbal practices," said attendee Debbie Canham. "Her focus on developing an effective team with the parents, child and other professionals was comprehensive and thorough, and the warmth and enthusiasm she shares made the educational experience seem all too short. "

Simser's presentation also covered the hierarchy of listening skills, explained the strategies involved in learning to listen, and demonstrated how to integrate listening into everyday meaningful activities and experiences.

AG Bell Global Ambassador Morag Clark followed Simser's presentation with "Starting Where Parents Are - An Observational Approach to Parent Guidance," which covered the basics of a parent guidance program focused on helping parents of children with hearing loss to become competent and confident in managing their child's needs. …

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