What is Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)?

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LSL {Listening and Spoken Language}

The LSL approach teaches children who are deaf or hard -of-hearing to listen and talk.  This approach does not integrate the use of sign language.

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) approach is a communication option for infants, toddlers, and young children with hearing loss and their families. This approach has evolved over many years and is preferred by parents who want their child to listen and talk in the primary language of the home.

The LSL approach teaches a child spoken language through listening.  You may be thinking: How is this possible for a child who is deaf? First, think about how a baby with normal hearing learns to talk. They learn by listening to the speech and spoken language of their parents, caregivers, and family members. Little brains are built to learn spoken language in this way – it's developmental.

Children with hearing loss can learn spoken language the same way when they are identified early, have appropriate hearing devices, and are taught to listen through specific LSL techniques. LSL is a developmental approach which follows typical child milestones by introducing skills at the ages and stages when little brains are primed to learn. (Courtesy of:  Hearing First)

Hearing First

An LSL Life  {Source:  Hearing First}

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