The Listen to Me! Online Conference

Maximizing listening & spoken language for children with cochlear implants

Professionals


Wed, June 24, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT

COST: $85

Families


June 21-26, 2020

COST: $150

If your family is not selected this year, your $150 fee will be refunded to you. In the event that the Baker Institute selects your family to attend but you decide not to attend, the fee will not be refunded.

All Sessions Will Be Held via Zoom

The Listen to Me! Conference is an intensive training program for children, families, and professionals to learn how to maximize listening and spoken language development with cochlear implants.

Therapists, audiologists, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to accompany their clients or come individually to continue their professional learning.  

During the Listen to Me! family conference (which runs concurrently), families receive a comprehensive training on how to teach their children to develop listening and spoken language skills.  If you know a family that might benefit from attending our family conference, visit our website or email us.

Professionals

Maximize your clients’ listening & spoken language potential

Professional track is designed for Speech-Language Pathologists, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialists, Audiologists, Teachers, and Administrators to learn more about using a listening & spoken language approach for children with hearing loss.

PLEASE NOTE:  These courses are designed for professionals who have beginning to intermediate skills in auditory habilitation.  Most of the content is not appropriate for LSLS Cert. AVTs/AVEds or other professionals with a similarly advanced level of listening and spoken language training.

Objectives

Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  • Tele-intervention: practical tips, strategies, and resources
  • Parent coaching & parent talk
  • Cochlear implantation: surgery, post-op, complications, bilateral implantation, EAS/hybrid, future directions, stem cell research (should we “save the ear” for future advances?)
  • Bimodal amplification: listening with one cochlear implant and one hearing aid
  • Practical application of auditory skill development
  • Implementing listening & spoken language intervention: rationale, strategies, & activities

Professional Development Hours

8.5 contact hours

  • AG Bell LSL Continuing Education Credits
  • ASHA Certificate Maintenance Hours (counts for CEUs)
  • CA Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board Provider # 242

Agenda

  • 8:00am - 9:20am            Tele-intervention & Parent Coaching:
                                                  Eryn McHan, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT 
                                                  Live
  • 9:30am - 10:00 am        Cochlear Implantation— Current Standards & Future Directions:
                                                  Nik Blevins, MD, & Dylan Chan, MD, PhD
                                                    Live Q & A with presenters
                                                   (75 minute presentation pre-recorded, sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 10:15am - 11:45am        Auditory Skill Development I (Hierarchy of Listening Skills):
                                                  Jenn Parenti, MA
                                                    Live
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm      Bimodal Amplification: Hearing Aid + Cochlear Implant
                                                 Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD, CCC-A
                                                   Live Q & A with presenter
                                                  (75 minute presentation pre-recorded, sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 12:30pm - 1:20pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm          Listening & Spoken Language Intervention
                                                Julie Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, & Kathy Mastrini, MA
                                                  Live
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm          Project ASPIRE: The Power of Parent Talk
                                                Sally Tannenbaum, MEd, CED, LSLS Cert AVT
                                                  Live
  • 4:15pm - 4:30pm         Recap, additional resources, course evals
                                               Kathy Mastrini, MA
                                                 Live

Presenter Bios

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

Dr. Blevins is the Malcolmson Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford and is Chief of the Division of Otology/ Neurotology. He has been the the director of the Stanford Cochlear Implant Center since 2003. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in biology before traveling to Boston to complete his medical training at Harvard. He then completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of California at San Francisco, and he remained at UCSF for additional fellowship training in otology/neurotology. Dr. Blevins joined the Otolaryngology Department at Tufts University in Boston as Chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology. In 2003, he returned to California to join the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology. He specializes in disorders of the middle ear, inner ear, facial nerve, and skull base, and he is dedicated to the application of the most advanced technology to hearing restoration. Dr. Blevins has an active research interest in innovative surgical methods and the application of computer technology to surgical education and preoperative planning.

 

Dylan Chan, PhD, MD

Dr. Chan is a pediatric otolaryngologist at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with degrees in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics, and in Music. Dr. Chan then completed his medical training at the Will Medical College of Cornell University, as well as a PhD in auditory physiology with Dr. A. James Hudspeth at the Rockefeller University. His post-graduate training has included a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Stanford University as well as a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented his research on cochlear physiology and the genetics of hearing and deafness, especially congenital and acquired hearing loss, chronic ear disease, and cochlear implantation. In addition to his clinical practice, he runs a basic-science laboratory devoted to studying how genetic abnormalities lead to hearing loss and developing ways to treat deafness using gene therapy.

 

Julie Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Julie Cooper is the executive director of the Listen to Me! Conference and the Baker Scholars Program at Stanford Ear Institute. She was instrumental in the creation and development of Listen to Me! in 2009, and she has directed the program every year. Julie is a listening and spoken language specialist, certified auditory verbal therapist and is passionate about empowering parents to teach their child to listen and speak. She earned a BA from Calvin College and an MS in speech-language pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julie served as the speech-language pathologist on the cochlear implant team at Stanford from 2008 to 2013. She has been a therapist at the Weingarten Children's Center since 2007. Julie is also currently the director of the Baker Scholars Program, a tele-intervention program that provides parent coaching in listening and spoken language (LSL), via FaceTime, to families across California. Julie has enjoyed mentoring several professionals seeking to specialize in a LSL approach through the FIRST YEARS program at UNC, PPCI, and local SLP graduate programs, and she is currently mentoring several individuals in attaining the LSL certification in auditory verbal therapy. She has presented at ACIA, ASHA, and San Jose State University.

 

Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD, CCC-A

Dr. Fitzgerald is the Chief of Audiology at Stanford & LPCH, previously from the Department of Otolaryngology, NYU School of Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences from Wichita State University, followed by a Masters in Audiology from Vanderbilt University. He is a certified audiologist, having completed his clinical fellowship year at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2005. In late 2010, he joined the faculty at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald became Chief of Audiology at Stanford in 2015. His research interests are focused on how individuals adapt to altered sensory input, and what can be done to facilitate that process of adaptation. He is particularly interested in developing new tools for mapping recipients of cochlear implants and the development of auditory training programs for individuals with hearing loss.

 

Kathy Mastrini, MA

Kathy Mastrini is the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist for Cupertino Union School District. She has worked with children ages 3 years to 8th grade, their families, and the teachers throughout the district since 2007. Previously, Kathy worked as a teacher, therapist, and principal at Weingarten Children’s Center for over 17 years. She has been the Coordinator of Professional Instruction for the Listen to Me! Conference since its inception in 2009, as well as serving on the Listen to Me! development team each year. Kathy has provided private therapy services as well as contracted by a school district to provide professional learning opportunities in the areas of hearing loss and cochlear implant habilitation. Kathy has presented on a variety of topics related to children with hearing loss to parents and professionals and graduate students at AG Bell Conventions, Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI), American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) and San Jose State University.

 

Jenn Parenti, MA

Jennifer Parenti is currently the itinerant teacher of the deaf for Dublin and Newark Unified School districts in the east Bay, and she enjoys helping students achieve their best in all educational settings. Previously she was the Consumer Outreach Manager for Med-El, the hearing implant company. At Med-El, she provided support and education to cochlear implant candidates, recipients, and the professionals who support them in the West. Jennifer was the educational consultant to the cochlear implant team at Stanford University School of Medicine from 2008-2014. During her time with Stanford, Jennifer was the director of the Baker Scholars Program for 5 years. Jennifer is the LTM Development Coordinator and has presented at LTM since 2010. Jennifer is a teacher of the deaf and earned a BA in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado, a Masters in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and a CA Credential for Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Through the years Jennifer has taught in both total communication and auditory oral classrooms in the Bay Area, including Weingarten Children's Center, San Francisco Unified School District, and Oakley Union Elementary School.

 

Sally Tannenbaum, MEd, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT

Sally Tannenbaum is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist and has been working with the deaf and hard of hearing for over 35 years. Sally received the Helen Beebe Award for Outstanding Therapist.  She is currently a Consumer Engagement Manager for MED-EL, USA.  Before joining the MED-EL team, she was the Director of the Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago Hospital and participated in Project ASPIRE, a parent-directed intervention for low socio-economic status children with hearing loss.  She is a consultant with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss and is a past board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.  She has contributed to several books on hearing loss and has lectured world-wide.

Families

Our comprehensive training educates, empowers, and supports parents to teach their child to listen and speak.

Who is eligible for the LTM Family Conference?

  • Families with a child who is between 0 and 5 years old (must not turn 6 before July 1).
  • Child must wear a cochlear implant or be under consideration for one by a cochlear implant center in California.
  • Family (including at least one parent/guardian) must commit to participating the whole week of Listen to Me! Conference.

We will work with your whole family!

  • PARENTS participate in educational presentations, listening & spoken language therapy sessions, small group trainings, and a parent support group.  We have planned a combination of both pre-recorded & live (via Zoom) sessions to accommodate your availabilities during the day. 
  • CHILDREN participate in daily listening and spoken language therapy. 
  • SIBLINGS who have normal hearing participate will receive a custom box of materials with games, crafts, and activities for each day to help keep them entertained so parents can learn! (And they will also have the option to join the daily Siblings Zoom chat!)

How are families selected?

The Listen to Me! Conference has a limited number of openings. We currently accept 15 families per year. Priority is given to families in greatest need of resources, information, and/or access to intervention services. We do keep a waiting list.

Please note that our top priority is to help families who need this most, so DO NOT LET COSTS PROHIBIT YOU FROM APPLYING. We will work with your family to pay only as much as you are able without it becoming a financial burden to you. Please contact Julie Cooper for any questions about this policy.

Agenda

Sunday, June 21

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm            Opening Session
                                                   Welcome, Meet & Greet (all families & staff)
                                                   Live

Monday, June 22

  • 8:15am - 8:30am           Music & Singing to Develop Auditory Detection
                                                
    Jenny Ignacio, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
                                                 Live
                                                 All family members are invited to participate
  • 8:30am - 10:25 am        Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 10:30am - 11:00am      Great Expectations—Parenting Children With Hearing Loss
                                                 Angelica Aguilar
                                                Live Q & A with presenter
                                                  (75 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 11:05pm - 12:00pm      Individual therapy sessions
                                                  Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 12:00pm - 1:25pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm          Setting the Stage for Listening
                                                Gabriela Holzman, MA, Ed.
                                                Live Q & A with presenter
                                     (30 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 2:05pm - 4:00pm          Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm          Siblings Zoom chat
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm           Parent Support Group
                                                LaTrice Dowtin, PhD

Tuesday, June 23

  • 8:15am - 8:30am            Music & Singing to Develop Vocal Intensity
                                                
    Jenny Ignacio, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
                                                 Live
                                                 All family members are invited to participate
  • 8:30am - 10:25 am        Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 10:30am - 11:00am      Cochlear Implantation: Current Standards & Future Directions
                                                Nikolas Blevins, MD  & Dylan Chan, MD, PhD
                                                Live Q & A with surgeons
                                     (75 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 11:05pm - 12:00pm      Individual therapy session
                                                        Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 12:00pm - 1:25pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm          Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
                                                Gabriela Holzman, MA, Ed.
                                                Live Q & A with presenter 
                                     (30 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 2:05pm - 4:00pm          Individual therapy sessions
  •                                              Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm          Siblings Zoom chat
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm           Parent Support Group
                                                LaTrice Dowtin, PhD

Wednesday, June 24

  • 8:15am - 8:30am            Music & Singing to Develop Rate/Tempo for Speech
                                                
    Jenny Ignacio, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
                                                 Live
                                                 All family members are invited to participate
  • 8:30am - 10:25 am        Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 10:30am - 11:00am      Growing Your Child’s Auditory Brain
                                                Julie Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
                                                Live Q & A with presenter
                                     (75 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 11:05pm - 12:00pm      Individual therapy session
                                                        Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 12:00pm - 1:25pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm          Building Interest to Listen and Talk
                                                Gabriela Holzman, M.A., Ed.
                                                Live Q & A with presenter 
                                     (30 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 2:05pm - 4:00pm          Individual therapy sessions
  •                                              Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm          Siblings Zoom chat
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm           Our Inspiration
                                             
    Jenny McCall, President & Chair of Baker Institute, shares founding story.
                                               Accompanied by her adult daughters Caroline Clark (bilateral CI user) and Hillary Clark (supportive sibling)

Thursday, June 25

  • 8:15am - 8:30am            Music & Singing to Develop Appropriate Vocal Quality
                                                
    Jenny Ignacio, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
                                                 Live
                                                 All family members are invited to participate
  • 8:30am - 10:25 am        Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 10:30am - 11:00am      Special Education Law
                                                 Allison Warner, MS, CCC-SLP
                                                Live Q & A with presenter
                                     (75 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 11:05pm - 12:00pm      Individual therapy session
                                                        Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 12:00pm - 1:25pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm          Keeping Them Engaged
                                                Gabriela Holzman, M.A., Ed.
                                                Live Q & A with presenter 
                                     (30 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)
  • 2:05pm - 4:00pm          Individual therapy sessions
                                                Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm          Siblings Zoom chat
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm           Shared Learning Activity
                                               Gabriela Holzman, M.A., Ed.
                                                All parents

Friday, June 26

  • 8:15am - 8:30am            Music & Singing to Develop Listening & Spoken Language
                                                
    Jenny Ignacio, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
                                                 Live
                                                 All family members are invited to participate
  • 8:30am - 10:15 am        Parent Exit Meetings/
                                                  Individual therapy sessions
                                                 Live (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family)
  • 10:40am - 10:40am      Next Steps: LTM Extension, Baker Scholars, BabyTalk, follow-up communication & special events
                                               
    Julie Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
                                               Live
  • 10:40pm - 11:10am      Raising the Bar!
                                                 Gabriela Holzman, M.A., Ed.

                                                Live Q & A with presenter

                                                     (30 minute presentation pre-recorded and sent to you 1 day in advance)

  • 11:15 am - 12:00pm      Parent Exit Meetings/

                                                  Individual therapy sessions via Zoom (55 minutes each, 1 daily session per family

  • 12:00pm - 1:25pm        Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm          Parent & Child Panel
                                                Parents & children with CIs share their stories

                                               Live

  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm          Exit Surveys and Closing

 


What previous attendees had to say about LTM

“The presentations were very helpful because they addressed the foundations of auditory living—this made the techniques and strategies make more sense.”

“The presentations were excellent!  Lots of great information, clearly presented, and practical.  Will use in my work with kids.”

“Great examples of therapy activities.”

“It was great finding out what other professionals are doing and how they are dealing with student issues.”

“Excellent week!  The professionals, staff, and everyone are wonderful.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge.  Your passion really comes through.  I love having parents here too.”

“Very wonderful week… beautifully organized and very family-oriented!!”

Jennifer Jordan McCall founded the Baker Institute for Children with Hearing Loss in 2008.  Since our inaugural Listen to Me in 2009, we have empowered the families of 145 children with cochlear implants, throughout the entire state of California.

To get a glimpse of Listen to Me! in action, check out our documentary film