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Hearing Loss in Schools/ Literacy and Phonology

  • 09 May 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Emerson College, Multipurpose Room, 150 Boylston Street, Boston, MA


  • [Includes one-year membership]
  • For Members of surrounding state organizations

Registration is closed

This workshop is offered for .55 CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area) 

Register online or download a paper registration form.


Hearing Loss and Devices in School-Aged Children 

This course designed for speech-language pathologists, teachers, and audiologists serving children with hearing loss, will provide information about hearing-loss, amplification, and (re)habilitation in school-aged children. This program, presented by an audiologist will allow participants to gain information regarding the impact of hearing loss in the educational setting. This course will emphasize the best practice of a collaborative partnership among audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, and parents so that, together, we can create a successful learning environment for children with hearing loss.

The Connection Between Literacy and Phonological Disorders

This workshop will discuss the role of phonological representations as they relate to the development of literacy skills for children with phonological disorders.  For this purpose, phonological disorders encompasses both speech sound disorders and dyslexia.  Discussion will include a review of relevant theories and application of them to clinical practice.  Implications for assessment and intervention are included.  Participants are encouraged to engage in discussions with the presenter and fellow audience members.

Learner Outcomes

1.        Identify the role of phonological representations

2.         Discuss the risk factors and outcomes for children with persistent or remediated speech sound disorders

3.         Discuss the SLPs role in facilitating literacy skills for children with speech sound disorders and/ or dyslexia

4.         Describe the configuration, type, and degree of hearing loss

5.         Identify a potential candidate for amplification

6.         Explain the learning needs and classroom accommodations for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing


8:30-9:00       Registration

9:00-9:30      Review of audiograms and hearing loss

9:30-10:00    Device and Implant Candidacy in Pediatrics

10:00-10:15   Coffee break

10:15-10:45   Overview of research and studies examining hearing loss in school-aged children

10:45-11:15   School-based services and accommodations for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing

11:15-11:45   Case Studies and Discussion

11:45-12:00   Questions

1:00 – 1:30   Introduction and overview of phonological disorders

1:30 – 2:00   Simple view of reading and phonological representations

2:00 – 2:15   Coffee Break

2:15 - 2:45    Application of theory to practice for children with phonological disorders

2:45- 3:30     Assessment and intervention strategies/ Group activity

3:30 – 4:00   Discussion/Question

Speaker Biography's

Kelly Farquharson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an assistant professor at Emerson College and director of the Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound (CLaSS) Lab in Boston, MA.  Her research interests include school-aged children with phonological and language disorders, the effect of those disorders on the acquisition of literacy skills, and the cognitive, environmental, and academic factors that contribute to phonological and language disorders.  Prior to pursuing a research degree, she was a school-based SLP in Pennsylvania. 

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: She receives a salary for employment from Emerson College.  Kelly is the director of the Children’s Literacy and Speech Sound Lab.

Non-financial: She volunteers her teaching and speaking skills.

Alyse P. Zucker, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Zucker pursued an education in audiology and earned her clinical doctorate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Alyse completed her externship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and began working for Boston Public Schools in the Office of Special Education and Related Services.  Alyse has experience working with adults and children of all ages.  Her area of expertise as a school-based educational audiologist includes: working with children with hearing loss and hearing disorders, addressing access to communication within the classroom, developing and implementing individualized education plans (IEPs) and 504 plans, and collaborating with parents, educators, and related service providers.

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Alyze receives a salary for employment as an Educational Audiologist on the Hear Team of the Boston Public Schools.

Non-financial: Alyze is a volunteer speaker for MSHA.

Cancellation policy: cancellations must be received in writing before Friday, May 1. Cancellations after the cancellation date, or not submitted in writing will be subject to full billing.

Vision Statement

The Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association will be recognized as an authority and resource in the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology by legislative bodies, related professional associations and consumers.

Mailing Address

Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association
465 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 421, Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: 781-647-7031

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