The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about the pivotal role of auditory brain development in the acquisition of spoken communication, reading, and social-emotional skills, including Theory of Mind (ToM), in all children and particularly those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Flexer will discuss the roles of neuroplasticity, hearing loss, technology, distance hearing and auditory enrichment on central auditory neural maturation and social-emotional development.
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Course created on December 3, 2009
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to describe auditory brain development as the foundation for listening, language and literacy
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to define Theory of Mind Development in children with hearing loss
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to discuss the relationship between distance hearing, incidental learning, and social-emotional development
- Upon completing this course learners will be able to detail informal instructional strategies for facilitating listening, literacy and social-emotional development in infants and children
Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A; LSLS Cert. AVT
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Dr. Carol Flexer received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She was at The University of Akron for 25 years as a Distinguished Professor of Audiology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Special areas of expertise include pediatric and educational audiology. Dr. Flexer continues to lecture and consult extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric audiology issues. She has authored numerous publications and co-edited and authored ten books. Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, a past president of the American Academy of Audiology, and a past-president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academy for Listening and Spoken Language.
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