Plural Author in the News: Susan G. Allen

Plural Authors in the News

Plural author Susan G. Allen was recently invited by A.G. Bell to write an article with colleague Shefali Shah about their collaboration on 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice. Together they answered question #49: Why is diagnostic work important in auditory-verbal therapy and education? In this article, Perspectives on the Profession: Susan G. Allen and Shefali Shah, they share their experience and knowledge regarding children with hearing loss.

Throughout her professional career Susan G. Allen has found that parents of children with hearing loss often lose their spontaneity with their child because they believe their child will no longer be able to have a normal life. She counsels that it is extremely important for parents to receive professional counseling to help them determine goals for their child, watch as they are accomplished, and thus alleviate their fears.

Circle of Listening

In this article she elaborates on the “Circle of Listening” Method and Hierarchy of Auditory Skills, which will be published in From Assessment to Intervention: A Guidebook for the Auditory Perception Test for the Hearing Impaired-Revised. The circle of listening is a process to assist in learning. “Using the circle, the child is more likely to comprehend AND store it in his/her memory bank for later retrieval by pairing the unknown with the known to generalize the information successfully.”

She also provides examples of how she balances formal and informal assessments to measure children’s progression. She stresses that both informal and formal measurements are critical in monitoring a child’s progress and achievement of goals. The Auditory Perception Test for the Hearing Impaired (APT/HI) allows for specific analysis of the individual’s ability to decode phonemes in isolation and in the context of words and sentences. APT/HI was developed by Susan G. Allen and is available on our website. She finds that formal speech perception tests works well to measure functional speech perception skills when combined with an informal listening skills checklist. “The ultimate goal is for the child to make appropriate progress and to reach performance at and above his/her chronological age so that he/she can be mainstreamed alongside their peers with typical hearing successfully.”

Susan G. AllenAbout the Author:

Susan G. Allen is co-author of the original APT/HI and the founder and director of the Clarke Jacksonville Auditory/Oral Center, one of five campuses of the CLARKE School for Deaf / Center for Oral Education. A speech-language pathologist and teacher of the deaf for over 40 years, Allen earned an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in education of the deaf from Smith College and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on speech pathology from the University of North Florida. She has taught at universities, mentored staff and interns and presented over 80 papers, workshops and courses on teaching children with hearing loss and on the development of speech perception and speech production. At Clarke Jacksonville, Allen strives to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the English language skills they need to succeed with their hearing peers in mainstream schools. She developed the APT/HI-R to assist interventionists in assessing and managing learning-to-listen skills for improving speech intelligibility and oral language which is published by Plural Publishing, Inc.

About the text:

From Assessment to Intervention: A Guidebook for the Auditory Perception Test for the Hearing Impaired-Revised is one of our most exciting upcoming texts. This guidebook clearly describes step-by-step processes for developing specific goals in audition, speech, and language for children who have completed the assessment. Numerous case studies are used to illustrate this process at various ages and levels of auditory functioning and speech/language development. Included is a DVD that is comprised of a learning module that includes PowerPoint slides and video clips of children with hearing loss being evaluated with the APT-HI-R. Intervention techniques also are demonstrated in the video clips. Practitioners working directly with children with hearing loss will find the DVD, Guidebook, and test (APT-HI-R) to be a tremendous resource, regardless of their employment setting.

 

References:

Allen, Susan G. & Shah, Shefali (2013). Perspectives on the Profession: Susan G. Allen and Shefali Shah. [Web blog post] Retrieved May 1, 2013 from http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/Document.aspx?id=1849

Perigoe, C., Allen, S. G., & Dodson, C. (2012). Why is diagnostic work important in auditory-verbal therapy and education? In W. Estabrooks, 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice, 382-387. Washington, D.C.:  Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Feature Article: Technology helps patients with hearing loss thrive

Seilesh BabuBy Seilesh Babu, M.D., Michigan Ear Institute

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting otology patients whether as a newborn or aging patient. Hearing loss can significantly impact one’s ability to communicate leading to reduced quality of life, isolation, and even depression. Seeking medical help to assist with this hearing loss can be the biggest obstacle for many patients who do not want to acknowledge a hearing issue. However, if the problem is properly managed with hearing aid assistance or surgical therapy, improvement in the patient’s quality of life including anxiety, depression, frustration, and social isolation will be positively impacted.

In our practice at the Michigan Ear Institute, we see thousands of patients annually with hearing loss concerns in all age groups. Some of unilateral hearing loss and many have bilateral hearing loss, ranging from mild to profound. Unilateral hearing loss can be caused by not having an ear canal form (canal atresia) or, from nerve damage of unknown etiology. These patients have several options to improve their hearing such as using CROS hearing aids, bone anchored devices, dental implanted devices, or surgical repair of the poorly formed ear canal in the case of atresia. Many patients have significant improvement in their hearing in various situations using these technologies and surgeries.

Recently, a patient of ours received a scholarship from Cochlear Americas, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. This scholarship recognizes bone anchored device and cochlear implant recipients who have shown academic accomplishments as well as a commitment to leadership and humanity. Using the technology of hearing devices, patients are able to complete advanced academic pursuits despite having hearing impairment that may have proven to be an obstacle. We are proud to be a part of this successful path for this patient who is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.

Hearing technology continues to improve. Advances in hearing aids have occurred with smaller, more powerful processors and noise canceling technology, as well as masking technology that treats tinnitus or ringing in the ear. Middle ear implants provide a surgical treatment option for patients who do not want to wear conventional hearing aids. Cochlear implantation has revolutionized the ability to treat patients with complete hearing loss either as a newborn or for patients in their 80s.

baby_hearing_aidChildren born with complete deafness are able to be treated with a cochlear implant with near normal function from speech and language development to academic performance. Adults with late onset profound hearing loss are also able to obtain a cochlear implant in order to maintain excellent quality of life, independence, and social interactions. Some elderly patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may in fact be suffering from severe hearing loss that needs to be diagnosed and managed.

In the future, advances in stem cell development and treatments will improve the quality of life of hearing loss sufferers. In addition to these new technologies, it is the collaborative effort of otologists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists in treating patients with hearing loss that continues to have a positive impact in the lives of these patients every day.

Coming Soon!

We are proud to bring you details of the upcoming release of Boothroyd and Gatty’s The Deaf Child in a Hearing Family.

 

 

The premise of this text is that deficits of nature can be offset by enrichment of nurture – that is, enrichment of the deaf or hard of hearing child’s auditory, cognitive, linguistic, and social environment in ways that will optimize development and learning. In this easy-to-read book, you will discover and understand the roles and tasks of the many people involved in the management of hearing loss in young children, and will gain tools to help you in providing an ideal learning and support environment for client and family alike.

As you might expect from authors of this stature, this is a must-have for any professional working with deaf or hard of hearing children. Order it here!