And @Nick_Emmett - definitely need more context!
We have had four people being active ambassadors in the community but have not officially recognized their role. We are starting ambassador picks this week (example below). This is a blog post in the community and the full text will be sent to all members via an email alert.
I want to add a line recognizing how they stepped up. Our internal worry is that by recognizing these members as official contributors, it could stunt participation. But including a line “But we still want you to participate!” seems lame. Am I overthinking this!
Have you ever wandered into a bookstore and seen the “staff picks” recommendations? If you’re like me, I immediately find this section to pick my next book to read. Our goal with the Best Bets for Learning is a similar concept - members share resources, links, and articles that added value to their week, so that you can add value to yours. - Katie
Conscious Competence Ladder Article
From Cara Kaiser, SLP, Indiana
The “conscious competence ladder” outlines four stages of awareness and competence that each of us experience as we learn new skills. Reflecting on these levels alongside the skills and knowledge required for providing best practice to our children/families can help us identify new professional learning objectives and celebrate goals we’ve already achieved. This article is featured on a membership site “MindTools” but can be accessed without a login.
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition 7th Edition by Jim Trelease
Recommended by Lynn Wood, Audiologist and SLP, Illinois
This is a must have for therapists, parents, teachers—anyone interested in literacy and reading to children. It’s divided into two parts: the first half contains the “ways” and “whys” of raising readers; and the last half consists of an annotated bibliography (The Treasury) of almost 1000 children’s books for reading aloud, from picture books to novels, with synopses on hundreds of the stories and guides to the age of the audience for which it was written. There is a Spanish translation of THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK ( Manual de la lectura en voz) published in Columbia, South America by Fundalectura of Bogata, Columbia.
30 Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain Book: By Dana Suskind
Marge Edwards, SLP, Idaho
If you haven’t read this book yet, do it now! Dr. Suskind explores the science behind brain development and early language exposure, highlighting the fact that parent conversatation is the most important ‘brain builder’ in a developing child’s life! This book is particularly relevant in the LSL world because Suskind, a cochlear implant surgeon, connects brain science and cochlear implant technology with the idea that every child has the potential to listen, learn and develop language to their potential.
From Diagnosis to Action Article
Natalie O’Halloran, SLP, Oklahoma
This article does a nice job of laying out a general plan of action for a parent following diagnosis of their child’s hearing loss. Resource lists are provided to aid in the decision of a communication approach and seeking financial assistance-two challenging areas to navigate for a grieving family.
A special thanks to Cara, Lynn, Marge and Natalie for sharing their recommendations this week. These four have signed on as Ambassadors for Hearing First Learning Community. Ambassadors will help answer questions, foster discussion, and welcome new members.