Using Children’s Literature as the Basis for Listening & Language Development

Reading and listening to stories as a student with hearing loss may be highly frustrating or an extremely enjoyable adventure, depending upon the skills of the teacher. This session will share elements of a story and ways to enhance the auditory comprehension development of the young reader. Participants will be actively engaged in writing objectives for auditory skills development based on the composition and language of individual stories, and coordinate objectives within an auditory learning hierarchy.

(Approximately 75 mins)

Target audience:  Professionals and parents of  children with hearing loss.

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1) Identify characteristics of stories and specific qualities of children’s stories that lend themselves to good listening experiences, listening training, comprehension, and spoken language development

2)  Identify 3 elements of a “listening lesson plan” focused on enhancing  auditory development based on a children’s story (e.g. acoustic load, cognitive load, level of linguistic processing, level of speech identification, auditory memory)

3) Write 3 objectives for an individual student based on a story choice and the student’s auditory development and educational profile.


Laura N. Peterson, Ed.D., Speech Language Pathologist and Certified AV Therapist

Laura N. Peterson is an Educational Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Auditory-Verbal therapist and Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, with over 30 years of experience in clinical, educational, university, and medical settings. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester (NY) specializing in reading comprehension, child development, and writing strategies of deaf and hearing adolescents. She owns Treatment Options for Families with Hearing Loss and resides in Tega Cay, S.C.


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