Introduction to Speech Teaching for children with Hearing Loss 

 

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Speech errors can be a clear sign that a child with hearing loss is not receiving sufficient amplification via their hearing technology.  However, even in the case of optimal amplification and hearing device use, speech teaching is an integral part of the Auditory-Verbal approach.  This lecture discusses the assessment of speech skills and how assessment informs intervention.  It explores the distinction between developmental and remedial speech teaching approaches, identifying when each is appropriate and discussing effective strategies.  Consideration is also given to six typical speech errors found in the speech of children who have a hearing loss, along with techniques for facilitating improvement of these errors.  Intervention techniques for the development of specific speech sounds are evaluated, and optimal listening levels required for auditory access to speech are defined.