Title: 'Let's Hear it for Books: Dialogic Reading for Children with Hearing Loss'
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
Audience: Primary Audience: Early Intervention Provider
Secondary Audience: Family of a child with hearing loss
Tertiary Audeince: Audiologist
Keyword(s): Early Intervention literacy language parents
Learning Objectives: Identify developmentally appropriate behavior for infants and toddlers in literacy activities. Analyze book sharing strategies that is effective for toddlers with hearing loss.


Parents and Educators often hear that literacy activities are a tremendous vehicle for learning language. This presentation addresses the fact that reading to a toddler is not simply reading a book word for word. Dialogic reading can be taught and can be an enjoyable experience for the parents, the therapist and most importantly, the child. The presentation takes an indepth look at book sharing strategies for toddlers with hearing loss. Topics will include obtaining joint attention, finding and mastering the best language level for the child, and creating a genuine interest and affinity in a dialogic reading experience.
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Lyra Repplinger - University of Chicago
     Credentials: MS
      Lyra Repplinger received her MS in deaf and hard of hearing education in 2000 from Illinois State University. She is a developmental therapist for children with hearing loss credentialed in Early Intervention in Illinois. She is currently the co director of the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program.
Lyra Repplinger - University of Chicago
     Credentials: MS
      Lyra Repplinger received her Bachelors Degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Augustana College 1997. She received her Masters in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education from Illinois State University in 2000. She has been a Developmental Therapist for Children with Hearing Loss since 2002. She is currently the Co-Director of the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.