This talk will discuss the use of toys with children to facilitate development of listening and language skills. It will first discuss pre-readiness skills required for a child to be primed to develop language. It will then review techniques to be used during play and outline a hierarchy of auditory, expressive language and speech production goals. The primary focus will be on showing a variety of toys and describing how they can be used for the specific goals that are presented.
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Course created on January 24, 2012
- Participants will be able to list at least three pre-readiness skills children should possess for developing language.
- Participants will be able to identify at least three strategies/techniques to use when playing with children.
- Participants will be able to describe how to use at least three different toys to facilitate development of auditory skills.
MaryKay Therres, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Speech-Language Pathologist and Auditory-Verbal Therapist
MaryKay Therres is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Auditory-Verbal Therapist who has over 20 years experience working with children who have a cochlear implant and/or hearing aid(s). She was a member of the cochlear implant team and the Management Coordinator of the Speech/Language Center at Childrens Hospital & Research Center (CHRCO) at Oakland, CA for 11 years and a Clinical Specialist on the Cochlear Implant Team at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, PA (CHOP) for 7 years. She has recently returned to CHRCO and is currently the Educator, Researcher & Outreach Liaison for CI Program. She is co-author of AuSpLan: A Manual For Professionals Working With Children Who Have Cochlear Implants Or Amplification. She co-developed and was co-instructor for Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants, a training program offered through CHOP. She has presented on the topic of cochlear implants nationally and internationally. She has provided short courses for professional organizations and seminars, workshops and in-services to school districts along with guest lecturing and mentoring students at several state universities.
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