March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   4:15 PM - 4:45 PM   |  Topical Session 8   |  Royal Palm 3/4   |  3 - Language Acquisition and Development

Little Listeners: A Resource for Supporting Young Children with Cochlear Implants (and Hearing Loss)

Little Listeners is a comprehensive resource guide designed especially for parents, teachers and caregivers of young children who receive a cochlear implant before the age of 3. Detailed information on preverbal communication, speech, language and auditory development will be discussed. This resource is packed full of helpful suggestions to assist in language acquisition and communication skill development. (Authors/Contributors: Marleen Bammens, Leo de Raever, Marianne Haesevoets, Josepha Jans Ria Pans, Hilde Vandistel, Yvette Vrolix)

  • Explain the importance of the preverbal stage of language development
  • Describe how to adapt one's language model to meet the child's needs
  • Define the stages of hearing development and how to facilitate each of them

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Christine Pett (Primary Presenter), MED-EL, christine.pett@medel.com;
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.