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...
Mar 25, 2015

Report to Virtual Home Visiting Supporters

L&T children lending each other helping hands
L&T children lending each other helping hands

New research supports the viability of Virtual Home Visiting (VHV) for serving the needs of families and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and learning to listen and talk.

As noted in our last report, Listen and Talk participated in a national multicenter study to evaluate the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of providing services through VHV compared with in-home services. Factors which were evaluated included the development of listening and language skills, the quality of the parent-child interaction, and the development of the parents’ confidence in supporting their child’s needs. The powerful overall findings showed that on average, VHV sessions resulted in as beneficial or better outcomes when compared with the outcomes achieved through traditional visits.

Notably:

  • Families and children receiving services via VHV had better language outcomes and auditory skills than children who received services through traditional in-person visits.
  • Families receiving services via VHV were more engaged in the sessions than those families in the in-person sessions.

According to self-report measures:

  • Families receiving VHV services felt equally supported, knowledgeable, and confident in fostering their child’s development as families who received traditional in-home services.

Thanks again for your loyal support! You are helping us reach more families with high quality early intervention services than ever before. 

Please enjoy this new video that demonstrates the impact of our work over the past 20 years: https://vimeo.com/110957761

Dec 29, 2014

Virtual Home Visit Update from Listen and Talk

VHV in action!
VHV in action!

Your support is helping us reach more families with high quality early intervention services at greater distances than ever before!

Thanks to you, children are reaching their full potential, entering their neighborhood schools by the time they are in kindergarten, and enjoying a world of opportunities. This is good news for the children, their families, and the wider community!

I am happy to report that Listen and Talk has been participating in a national multi-center study to evaluate the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of providing services virtually, compared with in-person visits from a provider. Analyses of the results are near completion and the preliminary data supports the continued viability of the tele-health model of service delivery. In the coming months, we will share the stage with our collaborators to report the findings at various professional forums and in print publications. We look forward to sharing those details in our next GlobalGiving report so you too can see the outcomes and lessons we have learned.

Thank you again for your support in helping us apply our expertise to those in need. You are changing the lives of children and families.

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.

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