Listen and Talk

Our mission is to teach children with hearing loss to communicate and learn through spoken language so that they may reach their full language and learning potential. We are dedicated to fostering children's growth as we work with families in a nurturing environment. When a child is identified with a hearing loss, fit with appropriate technology and provided the guidance of Listen and Talks compassionate expertise, children can... Enter and thrive in regular neighborhood schools from kindergarten or first grade. Interact and learn in regular classrooms without sign language interpreters. Read, write, and perform academically at a level on par with their classmates. Understan...
Aug 11, 2014

Virtual Home Visit Update from Listen and Talk

Working hard during an EI session!
Working hard during an EI session!

Your support helped Listen and Talk serve 143 families in Early Intervention this past school year, a 25% increase from the number of families served prior to initiating the Virtual Home Visit model of service delivery!

By reaching more families than ever before you are helping us steer the course for children to have the opportunity to move into mainstream schools and compete and succeed side by side their mates with normal hearing. The implications are significant for families seeking to provide their child with limitless possibilities. It is also significant for the wider community. The development of age appropriate language skills in children with hearing loss saves tax dollars and improves the academic and employment opportunities for these individuals. Reaching more families through Virtual Home Visits multiplies the impact of early intervention and decreases the costs of special education for these children, benefitting our entire community.

We recognize the importance of evaluating outcomes for these children and families. To this end, Listen and Talk has been participating in and recently completed the data collection for a national multi-center study to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of Virtual Home Visits compared with in-home visits. The results from this study will provide important insights for continued improvement in the quality and efficiency with which we provide service. We look forward to sharing those findings in a report to the Global Giving Community and others later this year.    

Your support is helping us reach more families than ever before resulting in children having greater potential than ever to not be limited by hearing loss. Thank you for your generous support.

Mar 11, 2014

Virtual Home Visit Update from Listen and Talk

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

Your support of our Virtual Home Visiting (VHV) project is helping Listen and Talk reach more families than ever before! You should be proud to know that YOUR generous donations are directly impacting how many children get served.

In addition to all of the VHV benefits we outlined in earlier reports, we want to share some recent and exciting advancements: 

  • 100% staff participation: All 9 Early Intervention staff members are oriented and supported to implement services through VHV.
  • More families receiving service: Approximately 1/3 of the families we serve are receiving support through VHV.
  • We are getting the word out: Listen and Talk staff members have published their experiences with VHV in industry-relevant periodicals.
  • Demonstrating outcomes: Listen and Talk is participating in a multi-center national study to help evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the VHV model.
  • Increased demand: Listen and Talk is receiving increased interest in providing direct services in areas further afield from our historical service areas.
  • Increased interest in the service model: Listen and Talk is receiving frequent requests for training and development of the model in other agencies.

Your support is helping us to more fully implement our VHV model. Thanks again for making a difference.

With gratitude,

Listen and Talk

Dec 6, 2013

Virtual Home Visit Update from Listen and Talk

Interpreter chatting with a family & provider
Interpreter chatting with a family & provider

Dear GlobalGiving Community, 

During a period of rapid expansion, your support helped Listen and Talk launch an efficient new model of virtual service delivery.

Virtual visits are expanding the number of families we can serve. Since we began fundraising for VHV equipment via GlobalGiving last December, we have made significant progress in establishing the foundation upon which to provide and grow this service delivery model. We have observed a number of significant advantages when providing services through VHV:

1.  Greater efficiency - Providers can schedule families without having to factor in traffic and distance. 

2.  Greater opportunity to include extended family - VHV scheduling is more flexible as the provider does not need to factor in time for travel. Thus, appointments can be completed at hours outside the typical work day, facilitating more opportunities for other members of the family to participate.

3.  Improved participation of parent - During our early work with VHV, providers observed that parents often become more engaged with their child in the sessions done through VHV than when services are provided in-person. Instead of relying on the provider to interact with the child, the parent has more opportunity to practice their own skill development.

4. Improved coaching skills of providers -  We have observed that providers tend to apply more creative and focused ways of coaching families about how to integrate listening and spoken language into their child's life compared to when they provide services in-person. VHV removes the opportunity to directly work with the child and instead encourages the provider to discover ways to convey the critical information to the parent so they can strengthen their skills and abilities to be their child's first and best teacher.

5. Facilitates use of interpreters for English Language Learner families -  Two employees at Listen and Talk serve as interpreters for Spanish speaking families. Our interpreters utilize VHV equipment from their office to connect with families in their home. This serves as an efficient and unobtrusive way to provide effective interpretation.

We anticipate that utilization of this model will continue to be a growing aspect of our Early Intervention work. Because of YOU, Listen and Talk is able to help more children with hearing loss communicate and learn through listening and spoken language. 10% of our families are already receiving some services via VHV. The more equipment we are able to secure through the generosity of our donors, the more children we can help on the path to reaching their full potential. 

With gratitude,

Listen and Talk

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