Title: 'Engaging Parents in Auditory Verbal Education'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): parent involvement = greater outcomes
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will list possible avenues to engage parents in their center-based programs
  2. Participants will discuss and share ways that they connect with parents so carryover to the home environment exists
  3. Participants will gain a greater understanding of auditory-verbal education


In July 2007, the Alexander Graham Bell Academy announced a new certification program that upheld certification for Auditory-Verbal Therapists (AVT) and at the same introduced a new certification for Auditory-Verbal Educators (AVEd). Both designations are recognized as certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) who work to meet the desired family outcome of listening and speaking for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Auditory-Verbal Educators often work in settings where the parents are not present on a daily or even weekly basis, but we are responsible for upholding the principles of Auditory Verbal Educators that directly state the importance of parent collaboration. This presentation will include a brief history of Auditory Verbal Educators and focus on three principles of Auditory Verbal Education that highlight the importance of parent involvement and the various methods that may help to engage parents in their child’s learning process. Time will be allotted for sharing of information among participants.
Presentation: 1343SherriFickenscher.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Sherri Fickenscher - Primary Presenter
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/Pennsylvania
     Credentials: M.S., C.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd.
      Sherri Fickenscher, MS, C.E.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd, is an Educational Support Specialist at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech/ Pennsylvania. She is responsible for staff development, parent coaching and training. She is a member of the Early Intervention Team and works to educate families of children with hearing loss in both home and center-based programs offered by Clarke. Ms. Fickenscher works as a mentor for professionals seeking their LSLS certification as well as a mentor for the First Years Program out of UNC Chapel Hill and for the Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) program. She has presented at the local and state levels working to improve listening and spoken language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Fickenscher is a contributing author in the recently published 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.