Plural Publishing announced the release of the third edition of Children With Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six, by￼ Elizabeth B. Cole, EdD, and ￼Carol Flexer, PhD, which provides updated information from the previous two editions for both professionals and parents facilitating spoken language through listening (auditory brain access, stimulation, and development) in infants and young children with hearing loss.
Addressed in the new edition is auditory brain development, audiologic technologies, auditory skill development, spoken language development, as well as family-focused intervention for young children with hearing loss whose parents have chosen to have them learn to listen and talk.
Additionally, the publisher reports that this new edition has been expanded to include application of neuroscience research to our knowledge of the foundations of listening and talking (Chapter 1); current information on vestibular function in infants and young children (Chapters 2 and 3); essential technology updates (Chapter 5); expansion of the discussion of types of services a child with age-appropriate skills; needs to sustain a positive academic trajectory (Chapter 6); building skills for independence and self-advocacy in young children (Chapter 6); discussion of the use and efficacy of coaching and other parent guidance strategies (Chapter 10); online access to user-friendly versions of the Framework for Maximizing Caregiver Effectiveness in Promoting Auditory/Linguistic Development in Children Who Have Hearing Loss (Chapter 10); targets for auditory/verbal learning (Appendix 3); and updated resources (Appendix 6).
This text is intended for undergraduate and graduate-level training programs for professionals who work with children who have hearing loss and their families. This third edition is also a valuable resource for parents, listening and spoken language specialists (LSLS), speech-language pathologists, audiologists, early childhood instructors, and teachers. Much of the information in Chapters 1 through 5 and Chapter 7 is said to be beneficial to individuals of all ages with hearing loss, especially newly-diagnosed adults.
Author ￼Elizabeth B. Cole, EdD, is the director of Soundbridge, a program of the Capitol Region Education Council in Connecticut. Soundbridge is a statewide public school program that provides a wide variety of services to more than 700 children (birth through secondary school) whose parents want their children with hearing loss to use spoken language to communicate and ￼learn.
Author ￼Carol Flexer, PhD, received her doctorate in audiology from Kent State University in 1982. She was a distinguished professor of audiology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Akron for 25 years. Her special areas of expertise include pediatric and educational audiology. Dr Flexer continues to lecture extensively nationally and internationally about pediatric audiology issues, and has authored more than 155 publications.
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