Title: 'Assessing Auditory Development (in CI or HA Users) Using the LittlEars Diary & Diary Activities'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): parent-child interaction, auditory habilitation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to describe how using the LittlEars Diary assists parents in developing speech and auditory skills in their HI child.
  2. Participants will be able to identify specific activities (for auditory and speech development)for the first 28 weeks after being aided.
  3. Participants will be able to describe why one would use the First 100 Words List as an assessment tool for spoken language.


Little Ears Diary A diary that allows for the collection of general/specific observations of a child fitted with CI or HA. Gives parents information on normal speech, language and hearing development within the first 12 months of life. Offers communication development strategies and suggestions for activities. Track: Language Acquisition & Development (e.g. Giving therapists and families tools and strategies to evaluate and maximize auditory and language acquisition/development on an ongoing basis) Affiliations: MED-EL Corporation Presenters: Christine Pett, MS Deaf Education Early Intervention along with technology advances have given families an extraordinary opportunity to advance auditory brain development by focusing on listening strategies at a very early age. This material/Diary was developed out of the desire to find out whether or not hearing impaired children, fitted at an early age with either HA’s or CI’s, follow the normal stages of development in auditory, speech and language development. The Diary is designed to guide parents’ observations of their child and allow them to share that information with their therapist or clinician. It can be used as an evaluation tool in the first 28 weeks after fitting. It can also help optimize the child’s rehabilitation process and device fitting. Little Ears Diary: I. Components: Parents’ Book, Therapists’ Book, 28 week Diary – basic info on each II. Construction of the Diary a. Information i. Information about auditory, speech and language development ii. Information on parent-child interaction strategies to facilitate auditory, linguistic and communicative development b. Questions i. General questions and more specific questions related to auditory, speech and language behavior that might be present in the child. c. Suggestions i. Guided exercises d. 100 Words List i. A list designed to systematically track the child’s first words. 1. Sending this in helps support research on vocab development in children with hearing impairment. Key words: parent- child interaction, auditory, speech and language development, spoken language development, language activities, habilitation Contact Information: Christine Pett Christine.Pett@medel.com (314)-341-4080
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Christine Pett - Primary Presenter
     Credentials: MS Speech & Hearing, Teacher of the Deaf
     Other Affiliations: MED-EL Senior Consumer Outreach Manager
      Christine Pett, M.S. Speech & Hearing, is a certified Deaf Educator who has previously taught listening and spoken language to deaf and hard of hearing children (Age 2-12) at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, MO, Desert Voices in Phoenix, AZ, and in the public schools. Christine became a Consumer Outreach Manager for MED-EL in 2010. She travels extensively to support educators, speech-language pathologists, educational audiologists, parents of deaf children and consumers. Christine educates others on MED-EL’s cochlear implant technology as well as MED-EL’s many educational and aural rehab support services. She is the mother of a (grown) son who has been wearing a cochlear implant for 15 years.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from MED-EL Corp.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.