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We Love Our Planet!

Hello Little Listeners! We hope everyone is enjoying the summer themes so far! This week is Space Week since we think Little Listeners Is Out of This World! Because of our love for our Little Listeners World and Planet Earth, we wanted to encourage everyone to make some helpful changes to REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy – raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Ideas on How to Reduce and Reuse

  • Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
  • Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

Donation

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools or clothes, try selling or donating them. Not only will you be reducing waste, you’ll be helping others. Local churches, community centers, thrift stores, schools and nonprofit organizations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, working electronics and unneeded furniture.

Recycling Basics

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment.

Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Saves energy
  • Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  • Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

Steps to Recycling Materials

Recycling includes the three steps below, which create a continuous loop, represented by the familiar recycling symbol.

  • Step 1: Collection and Processing
  • Step 2: Manufacturing
  • Step 3: Purchasing New Products Made from Recycled Materials
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June Excitement!

Hello Little Listeners! We have been having the BEST summer here so far! If you have been following along with our summer themes on social media, you know we have been having so much fun dressing up like super hear-o’s, decorating stars to hang in the lobby, and watching Disney movies! We have also seen some great progress with our Interactive Metronome Home and HearBuilder Competitions. So far, the front runners are making big jumps ahead, but there is nothing but time! If you think you need to do more, then jump on your IM Home or HearBuilder and get in the lead! In the office, our SRO Competition has been nothing but fun! Our winners have been Aubrey, Eli, Colin, and Emma. Their top scores have been in the 160’s which is incredible! However, do not think it is too high – anyone can top anyone’s scores! Hard work is key so keep getting excited to come in the clinic and do your absolute best so YOU can win a special trip to the SRO treasure chest!

With all this talk about Interactive Metronome, we wanted to talk about some of the incredible success stories we have heard about IM recently. In particular, one of our friends, who we will call Johnny. Johnny came in last week for a re-evaluation. He has been doing Interactive Metronome at home for a while now which his parents said has made ALL the difference in the world. They told us how his progress in school has sky rocketed along with his athletic skills. While improving baseball scores is not always our immediate goal, it is awesome to see kids be so excited that something they are doing at home is helping with their skills on the baseball field. His parents were very thankful that they did not think of originally had helped in so many ways.

This praise is not the first of its kind we have heard. One of our friends earlier this year saw such immediate results while completing IM in the clinic, he begged his mom and dad to get a home unit. His parents were ecstatic he enjoyed it so much since they could tell a huge difference as well. They thought it helped his anxiety and overall mood especially when he did it before school in the morning. As the school year quickly approaches, we urge parents to take the time to notice what kind of effect Interactive Metronome makes on their child to see if it is something that could be beneficial at the beginning of the day.

One of the most common things we hear from parents about Interactive Metronome is that they notice how much calmer their children are after doing it. Whether it makes their more even tempered, more organized, less nervous or anxious, etc. we always hear positive things about the effects of IM especially in the classroom which is why we believe it is such an amazing tool!

Well that’s all for now Little Listeners! Remember to keep up with our social media this summer for updates about summer themes and upcoming events like new ways to dress up or days that we will be closed. Also, whenever you are in the office make sure to look at the white board to see the winners of our SRO Competition!

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Super Hear-O Week Blog

Who are our super hear-os? Habits to keep up over the summer to make sure your ears and
progress stay in super hear-o shape?

Hello Little Listeners! We are so excited that it is finally summer time! This means it if
officially time for participating in our fun summer themes, competing in our HearBuilder, IM
Home, and IM SRO Competitions, hanging out at the pool, going on vacation, and most
importantly – having fun! This week is Super Hear-O week because we encourage all of our
Little Listeners to listen like Super Hear-O’s! With all this being said though, we have to
remember to keep up our good habits to keep our ears, listening, and progress in Super Hear-O shape!

Keeping our ears in Super Hear-O shape can be done in many ways. First, it is important
to make sure all that pool or lake water comes out of your ears after going swimming. When
water gets trapped in the ear, it is easy for an ear infection to form. To accomplish this, try
putting a little bit of rubbing alcohol in your ears after you get out of the lake or pool. The
rubbing alcohol will help this water evaporate along with possibilities of an ear infection!

To keep your listening in Super Hear-O shape, make sure you are keeping up with your
appointments in the clinic and HearBuilder. HearBuilder is such an amazing tool because it helps keep all the skills we work on in therapy in tip-top shape! By working on Auditory Memory, Phonological Awareness, Sequencing, and Following Directions, you can make sure that everything you worked on in the clinic does not fade away in the summer sun.

Progressing over the summer is also very important! Putting in a ton of work
during the school year is great, but we cannot let all that hard work get erased during the
fun summer months. To keep your progress on track, make sure you are keeping up with
your reassessment appointments here in the clinic. Also, keep working on skills you
learned in the classroom during the school year. This could mean working on math facts,
going over spelling lists, or reviewing science lessons. While this might seem like not the
most fun summer activity, you could incorporate this in games outside or car trips. For
example, try replacing five or ten minutes of “device time” with review from school. We
think you will definitely be happy you did once you get back in the classroom this fall.

To keep this summer theme fun going, next will be Space Week because Little
Listeners Is Out of This World! We hope everyone comes to therapy dressed up in their
favorite spacey outfits. Also get ready to decorate your very own star and hang it in the
lobby! Make sure you are keeping up with the white board to see any future
announcements like winners of the weekly IM SRO Competition. If you ever find
yourself forgetting what the theme is currently or in the future, please reference the
previous blog which outlines all the fun we will be having this summer OR our Instagram
and Facebook accounts. We want everyone to be well informed so we can all have fun
together this summer!

Well that’s all for now Little Listeners! We hope everyone keeps enjoying Super
Hear-O Week and is getting ready for Space Week!

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First Weekly Summer Blog… YAY!

Hello Little Listeners! It is that time again… SUMMER! For those of you who do not know, summer is our favorite time of the year here at Little Listeners. We make sure that summers are just as fun in the clinic as they are outside playing at the pool. To make this dream a reality, we have come up with different themes and arts and crafts for each week along with competitions! We encourage everyone to participate with the themes which could mean coming to therapy dressed up or ready to make a craft. Additionally, we will be holding competitions inside and outside of the clinic.

Our first week of summer, May 28th through the 31st will be School’s Out Week! We will be celebrating completing an awesome school year all week with some fun handouts.

June 3rd through the 7th will be Super Hear-O Week! Little Listener employees will be dressing up in their favorite super hero t-shirts, and we hope you will do the same! We also love when our friends come dressed up in full costumes, so sky is the limit!

June 10th through the 14th will be Space Week! We believe Little Listeners is ~out of this world~ and hope you do too. We will be decorating the office like outer space so come ready to do some arts and crafts with us to complete the look!

June 17th through the 21st will be Disney – Pixar Week because Little Listeners is the Happiest Place on Earth! Just like Super Hear-O Week, we will be dressing up in our favorite Disney gear so feel free to wear some fun accessories or dress up in your favorite character’s costume!

The last week of June, we will be gearing up for the 4th of July with Beach Week! This week is extra special because it is also Ms. Karen’s birthday week! For this week, we would love for everyone to come dressed up ready for the beach in their favorite sunglasses, flip-flops, and goggles. We will also be having a birthday party on Friday so get ready for some of Ms. Karen’s favorite treats!

Because of the 4th of July being such a fun and travel filled holiday, the office will be closed from July 1st to July 5th. Little Listeners will re-open on July 8th. (This is correct. Right?)

Once we are all back from having our Independence Day fun, we will be celebrating the 70’s by getting groovy from the 8th through the 12th of July. Feel free to come dressed up in your favorite tie dye and bell bottoms. We will also be doing a fun craft to recreate the 70’s vibes!

July 15th through the 19th is another very special week because it is Ms. Dawn’s birthday week! To celebrate her, we will fill the office with all of Ms. Dawn’s favorite things like sports, ice cream, and coffee. Come to therapy representing your favorite team and there might be an ice cream sundae waiting for you on Thursday for Ms. Dawn’s birthday party! Also, according to Ms. Lindsey, Monday, July 15th is a national holiday because it is COW APPRECIATION DAY! Everyone at Little Listeners will be dressing up as cows so come join in on the fun!

July 22nd through the 26th will be Safari Week since we are constantly on the lookout for the best Little Listener! We will be decorating the office like a jungle so come ready to create an animal face that might appear in the midst of the jungle.

July 29th through August 2nd will be Going Back to School Week for our kiddos and for Ms. Lindsey! We will be celebrating with pencil pouches filled with all sorts of goodies and all of Ms. Lindsey’s favorite things from ear wax to strawberries. We cannot wait to have you come celebrate with us!

To add a few more fun things into the summer madness, Little Listeners will be having some competitions inside and outside of the office! Weekly, there will be a competition to see who gets the highest number of Super Right On’s while completing their Interactive Metronome. For our kiddos outside of the office, we will also be counting to see who completes the most days of Interactive Metronome Home. Finally, we will also be checking who does the most days of HearBuilder over the summer. The HearBuilder competition is for our friends who come to any office or are home based clients. There will be special prizes for the top users so make sure to get your Interactive Metronome and HearBuilder scores up! All of these competitions will begin on Tuesday, May 28th and end on Friday, July 26th. The winners will be announced on Monday, July 29th! We cannot wait to see all of the amazing goals you all will accomplish!

Little Listeners is also very excited to introduce a new face around the office. Ms. Karen has been a vital member of the Little Listeners team since October of 2018. She has been helping out with therapies and office management tasks while getting ready to take over an even bigger role – Audiology Assistant! Ms. Lindsey will be leaving us at the end of the summer so she will be passing the swing (haha, get it?) to Ms. Karen! Karen has years of experience as an educator and months of experience at Little Listeners. She has proven to be awesome with our kiddos and know that she will be more than ready to dive in this summer for all the fun we have planned!

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Month

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions
characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal
communication, according to AutismSpeaks.org. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) increased the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder by 15% to 1 in 59
children. While autism is considered common now days, it is important to remember that there is not one type of autism, but many subtypes. This is why autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder. Each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges.

The ways in which people with autism learn, think, and problem-solve can range greatly. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently. When considering the different needs of people with autism, it can be hard to know which direction to go in terms of intervention and support. Early intervention is recommended for all people with ASD since it can improve learning, communication and social skills, and brain development. However, where to go from there can often lead to uncertainty. Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech therapy, and Occupational therapy are often great options to pursue. One tool we use here at Little Listeners with our friends who have an autism diagnosis is Integrated Listening Systems (ILs). ILs integrates music, movement and language exercises for the purpose of improving brain function. ILs trains brain and body integration skills through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills. Recently, Little Listeners has looked into numerous ILs case studies and found that the ILs protocols used by patients resulted in less aggressive behavior, staying on task at school, decreased anxiety, improvements in sleep, less rigid behaviors, better conversational skills, and many other positive behavioral changes. If Integrated Listening Systems might be something your child could benefit from, we strongly encourage you to contact us or check out their website.

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to take the time to educate and
encourage all of our Little Listeners and their families. Since the prevalence of autism in the
United States is 1 in 59, we must know important facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since 2014, research has led to many new conclusions about ASD such as the shrinking gender gap in autism. The prevalence of boys diagnosed used to be four times more likely than girls (1 in 37 versus 1 in 151) which has decreased by 0.5%. While this might seem like a small number, it is important to note that more girls are now receiving this diagnosis which means they can now access the intervention and services they need. Another important finding is that rates of autism vary drastically from state to state. Researchers believe this is due to access of education records and developing research of Autism Spectrum Disorder within states.

Little Listeners wanted to summarize 6 quick AUTISM facts to make sure everyone can
know as much as they can during this special month and the rest of the year:


A: A kid with Autism looks just like you and me; Autism just changes the way their brain works.


U: A kid Usually has autism from the time they are born.


T: You can learn a lot of cool Things from a kid with autism just as They can learn from
you.


I: The most Important thing to remember is that kids with autism are just kids like you and me

S: A kid with autism enjoys the Same things as me and you like playing, music,
birthdays, etc.


M: Kids with autism like having and Making new friends!


Well that’s all for now Little Listeners! If you have any questions about any of the
information in this blog, feel free to ask us or check out some of the websites listed below!

References:
https://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-facts-and-figures
https://integratedlistening.com/what-is-ils/
https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-news/cdc-increases-estimate-autisms-prevalence-15-
percent-1-59-children

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All About The Numbers!

As some of you might have heard before, at Little Listeners, we are all about the numbers. With so many numbers to keep track of though, it is very common that we are asked what do all these numbers mean? So, let’s break some of this down and dive right in to the numbers world of Little Listeners!

2013 – The year Little Listeners became a dream come true. Dr. Christa Reeves founded Little Listeners after her time at DeKalb Medical Center where she saw a particular need for Auditory Processing Disorder evaluation and therapy. With the help of Ms. Dawn and Ms. Kim, they have been growing ever since. 

930 – The estimated number of Little Listeners we have helped over the years. This total is astounding when thinking about the number of lives that have been changed. 

3 – Little Listener therapy sessions are comprised of listening training and rhythm training. For the listening portion of our sessions, patients listen to the Little Listeners PASE program recording tracks. There are 3 of them: Distorted Words (muffled speech), Words in Noise (think of sitting in a noisy restaurant and trying to listen to only the person across from you) and Competing Words (the patient hears one word in each ear so two words in total). These tracks are designed especially for Little Listeners therapy to help our patients strengthen their listening skills in situations they struggle with like a noisy classroom or hearing directions from a different room at their house.  

10 – Out of the three listening playlists (Distorted Words, Words in Noise, and Competing Words), there are 10 tracks of each. As the patient progresses in their therapy session, they move from tracks 1 to 10 and they become progressively more difficult. 

45-40-45 – How does a patient move from tracks 1 to 10? When a patient is listening to the words, they repeat them back to the Little Listeners staff member they are working with. If they get a word incorrect, it is marked so we can keep track of errors and correct them over time. For Distorted Words, patients are allowed to miss five out of 50 words to move on to the next track; hence, 45/50 correct. For Words in Noise, Little Listeners decided to allow patients to miss 10 out of 50 words since these are usually the most difficult words for our patients; hence, 40/50 correct. For Competing Words, patients are only allowed to miss five out of 50 words which brings us back to 45/50 correct. When a patient achieves these goals, they move on to the next listening track. 

0 – 100 – As mentioned earlier, the other part of Little Listeners therapy is rhythm training. During a patient’s initial Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluation, the patient will complete a Long Form Assessment (LFA) with the Interactive Metronome (IM) Unit. Interactive Metronome is an incredible program used for numerous things such as Auditory Processing Disorder, stroke victims, or those who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. If you would like more information about IM, we strongly encourage you to check out their website. When deciding what kind of training the patient should complete during therapy sessions, we use their millisecond averages from the complete during the Long Form Assessment. If their millisecond average is under 100 milliseconds, they start on a Hard Training Plan. This is very common for our adult patients.  

101 – 200 – If a patient’s IM LFA millisecond average was between 101 and 200, they start on a Medium Training Plan. This is common for our patients who are in middle school or high school. 

201 and up – If a patient’s IM LFA millisecond average is above 201 milliseconds, then they start on an Easy Training Plan. This is very common for our younger patients. As patient’s complete their training plan, they move on to a more difficult setting to strengthen their rhythm and timing skills even more. 

0 – 200 – while completing Interactive Metronome, the Little Listeners staff encourages patients to be in synchronization with the IM beat (the cow bell noise everyone hears around our office). When a patient is right on the beat, they earn an SRO or Super Right On. This number is then recorded and sets a new goal for the patient. It is so fun to see this number get higher and higher throughout therapy sessions. Sometimes it takes a while to get right on the beat, but when it does happen, it is especially rewarding for the patient! The highest number we have ever seen is around 150 which is very impressive considering there are only 200 beats in a task. During the summer, Little Listeners holds weekly competitions for the highest number of SRO’s. Stay tuned to learn about more details about this Summer’s competition!

6 – 12 – Part of the Little Listeners Therapy Model includes a reassessment 6 to 12 months after the chosen therapy option has been completed. Why is this reassessment so important? As you might have heard a Little Listeners staff member say before, we see a “setting in” phase for about 6 to 12 months after therapy sessions. During our intensive therapy sessions, the brain is trying to figure out what to do with the listening and rhythm training. However, during these 6 to 12 months, the brain can absorb and rewire the brain to use what has been taught during the therapy sessions. Therefore, it is vital for patients to come back after this 6 to 12-month period to see how much the brain has absorbed and how it is using what we taught it to do during therapy. The Little Listeners staff also wants to make sure that the patient’s skills are holding strong and/ or progressing compared to the testing norms from right when therapy ended. It is amazing to see how much the brain can still do after therapy is over, and we love to watch it work!

6 – the number of staff members Little Listeners is blessed to have. Between Dr. Reeves, Ms. Dawn, Ms. Karen, Ms. Kim, Ms. Lindsey, and Olly of course, Little Listeners is full of knowledge, passion, joy, and lots of tail wagging. 

1 – ONE office, ONE amazing team, ONE incredible community, all working towards ONE goal – helping anyone and everyone with their Auditory Processing and Audiology needs. 

Well that’s all for now Little Listeners! We hope you all enjoyed learning some of the meaning behind our number madness. If you have any questions about these numbers or any of this information, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Mythbusters: Kids Under 7 Can Not Be Assessed for APD

We are often faced with confused parents that have been told that children under 7 can not be tested for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).  These parents are concerned for the well being and success of their children and are often desperate for help.  Despite numerous publications from many well known audiologists in clinical and research settings, this AGE MYTH continues to thrive.  Here are some facts and some publications from some of the most respected Audiologists when it comes to Auditory Processing that I am hoping will help to BUST this misguided MYTH:

In summary, I think it’s important to recognize that a child’s auditory development can be assessed at ANY age, either by assessing subjective observations from the parents, evaluating current speech/language skills, understanding objective peripheral hearing abilities, or investigating central auditory processing skills with reliable and normed test batteries (available as young as 3 ½ years of age).  Reliable assessment of a child’s auditory processing development is possible at any age when cautious interpretation is utilized (a recurring theme across all cited articles above).  It is not appropriate to put off a developmental evaluation because we are waiting for a “magical age” that simply does not exist.   Age is just a number!  There have been plenty of mature 4 and 5 year olds that have been able to complete testing in our clinic far more reliably than some 7, 8 and 9 year olds that we have seen.  There is no value in considering a child’s age when it comes to determining eligibility for testing and auditory therapy.

At any stage, Little Listeners can advise or provide direct therapy for any developmental concerns that are reported by the parents or evident in the objective testing that can be performed:

  • Infants –  we can provide screenings or physiological measurements of peripheral hearing abilities and provide developmental checklists for parents to monitor speech/language milestones at home. 
    • Toddlers – we are able to perform behavioral assessments and physiological measurements to ensure normal peripheral hearing and provide home therapy tools that will promote normal auditory development, or refer out to speech/language therapists for speech stimulation. 
    • Children 5-7 years of age – we are able to assess central auditory processing skills with reliably normed processing tests and parent/teacher questionnaires regarding communication/learning abilities. 
    • Children and adults 7 years of age and older – comprehensive auditory processing assessments are available. 
    • All school aged children – there are reliable auditory training tools available for use at home, in the clinic, or in both environments to help remediate any processing delays. 

A therapist should first meet a child and attempt testing with all resources available before determining if their skills can be reliably measured or not.  And if not, it is crucial to recognize that there are many wonderful sound-based interventions that are commercially available to help young children develop their auditory processing skills appropriately, while waiting for the right maturity (not the right age!) for testing. 

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A Valentine from Little Listeners!

As most of you know, the month of February is all about love. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share what we love about Little Listeners and in return, what our clients love about this special place as well.

Little Listeners is well loved for many reasons, one of which is being one of a kind! We are the only facility in the state of Georgia that diagnoses and treats Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) all in one place.

Little Listeners holds a special place in Dr. Reeves’ heart. Dr. Christa started this company six years ago with the dream of being the go-to location for APD testing AND treatment. Clearly, she made this dream a reality. With a lot of hard work and the help of her staff, Little Listeners has become a place like no other. She also loves that she gets to work with some of her life long best friends – Dawn and Kim.

Ms. Dawn says she loves Little Listeners because she loves working with all her kiddos. To see their progress from the beginning of therapy to the finish is remarkable. Being a part of their hard work is rewarding for our staff of course, but seeing the kids be proud of themselves is the best. Ms. Dawn also loves getting creative with therapy and creating a fun and engaging place where kiddos want to work hard and accomplish goals.

Ms. Kim loves Little Listeners especially because she loves interacting with the kiddos and their families. When a family first calls Little Listeners, they usually talk to Ms. Kim. Also, when you enter Little Listeners, she is usually the first face you see. This has made it possible for her to build great relationships with the kids, but also their awesome families.

Ms. Lindsey has loved Little Listeners from the start and treasures all the experience she has gained here which will surely help her when she gets to graduate school in the fall. She has not only learned about Auditory Processing, but also how to work with patients and their families to help them accomplish their goals. Ms. Lindsey also loves the sweet surprises that often await her at the office, such as her super spooky room that was decorated for Halloween.

What makes Little Listeners special is not just that the staff loves the company, but even more that our kiddos love us right back. If you have ever walked around our office, you have probably seen the “graduation pictures” of some of our patients. On each picture, our graduates write what Little Listeners has helped them do. These answers range from improving their grades at school to being able to listen to loud noises without getting frustrated. While we all know that our patients love hanging out with Olly the most, it is heartwarming when they are excited to come back and get to work with us too.

Well that’s all for now Little Listeners. We hope everyone loves Little Listeners as much as we do and has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2019 Little Listeners! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. While enjoying some much-needed time off, we could not be happier to get back to work and see all of our friends! We have a couple of announcements as well as some New Year’s “To Dos” that we want to share and hope to challenge everyone to accomplish with us in the upcoming months!

             Before we look at the things on our “To Do” list let’s give a major shout out to our top three users in our holiday INTERACTIVE METRONOME HOME and the HEARBUILDER Competitions. We saw an incredible increase in usage during the holidays, and we hope to keep seeing this throughout the year. As some of you may remember, we had similar competitions over the summer. The highest usage we saw during the three months of the summer competition was 19 days, however; over this recent holiday competition, the highest amount of usage was 21 days! It is remarkable that we had our Little Listeners practice more in one month than we did over the entire three summer months. This is a testament to everyone’s dedication and hard work!

            Now let’s look at how we can keep challenging ourselves during 2019:

To Do #1:  We want to encourage you to keep using your HearBuilder and Interactive Metronome Home units throughout the remainder of the school year so you can complete your training goals!  

To Do #2:  We want our kiddos to continue to bring their awesome attitude to therapy, so we can keep having fun while accomplishing therapy goals.

To Do #3:  We want to focus on healthy eating and keeping active.  As some of you may remember from last summer, we had a blog post about eating right and getting plenty of exercise. Now that the holidays are over, we hope everyone gets back on track with eating healthy, staying active and drinking plenty of water.

To Do #4:  We want our Little Listeners to keep working hard in school.  Continue to stay dedicated to your school work and homework, get plenty of sleep during the weekdays, enjoy the awesome extracurricular activities you are involved with and spend some time relaxing on the weekend!

To Do #5: Limit screen time/take a break from technology. Another blog post from this summer was about the proper amount of screen time. While it can be difficult to limit screen time with homework, video games, and television, remember that too much time staring at a screen is not good for you! Here are some awesome tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to limit screen time: turn off technology at least one hour prior to bedtime, have designated technology free zones in your home, limit screen time during meals, and increase time spent outdoors with family and friends.

We are excited to work together so we can all check off the items on our 2019 To Do List!!

One last important item to mention…

Little Listeners is pleased to welcome a new member to our team! Karen Wilson (Ms. Karen), started working with us this past fall, two days a week to help with administrative tasks. Throughout this spring, she will continue to help out in Ms. Kim’s office as well as train with Ms. Christa, Ms. Dawn and Ms. Lindsey to become a licensed Audiology Assistant to help administer therapy with our kiddos. We are confident that she will make a great addition to our team and cannot wait for all of you to see how awesome she is!

That’s all for now Little Listeners! 2018 was an incredible year for us, and we know 2019 will be even greater. We look forward to embarking on this adventure with you all.   

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A Holiday Hooray!

This year Little Listeners has accomplished so many incredible things! From new staff members to our kiddos reaching new heights, 2018 was one for the books!

This summer we added a seasonal Audiology Assistant, Lindsey, who decided to stay with us through the school year. With her help, we started summer competitions seeing which Little Listener used HearBuilder and Interactive Metronome Home the most. It was so great seeing all of our friends accomplish their goals while receiving gift cards to awesome places. The summer competitions were definitely a success, and we are so excited to see how the holiday competitions go! From December 3rd to January 7th, we will be monitoring our kiddo who has the most usage with either the IM Home unit and/or HearBuilder program, so if you are a part of these competitions make sure to keep up the work to win those prizes!

Our kiddos winning competitions was not the only exciting thing going on in 2018. Our patients’ progress amazes us more and more every day. A few of our patients have really exceeded expectations! When our friend Tripp first came to us, he had significant goals to meet. At reassessment, he accomplished all of them! It was great to see him excited about not only accomplishing his goals but surpassing them. Teachers of our patients have also told us success story after success story. Seeing their progress pay off in the classroom is a goal we take seriously here at Little Listeners, and from what teachers have been telling us, we have not disappointed. One of our patients, Chase, was terrified of dogs when he first started coming here. By the end of his therapy sessions though, Chase and Olly were best friends! One of the best parts of the Little Listeners experience is hearing our patients tell us how much they have benefitted from our therapy whether that means making new furry friends, accomplishing their in-therapy goals, strengthening skills in the classroom, or having more confidence outside of therapy. Our friend Casler told us that Little Listeners not only helped her with her Dyslexia, but with life in general. It does not get much better than that!

As far as our staff goes, Dr. Reeves became an official GETA speaker this year. She will now be traveling to teach Educators about Auditory Processing Disorder. This education is much needed, so we are very excited that our very own Dr. Reeves will be helping meet this task. We also added an additional support staff member, Karen. She has been helping us around the office, and we cannot imagine what we would do without her. She is working to become an additional Audiology Assistant, so we will have an extra set of hands on deck!  We cannot wait to see where time with her takes us. 

As everyone already knows, Little Listeners goes all out for the holidays. This holiday season is no different. We will be celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas with lots of yummy treats and fun arts and crafts with our kiddos. Little Listeners will also be having tacky holiday week starting on December 10th and ending on December 14th. Come dressed up in your favorite tacky holiday sweater or dressed up as your favorite character from your favorite holiday movie. On December 17th and 19th, we will be wearing our holiday pajamas so feel free to come join our pajama party! Starting on December 20th, Little Listeners will be closed until we reopen on Monday, January 7th, 2019. 

When looking back on this past year, Little Listeners is so proud of all we have accomplished and so thankful we have gotten the opportunity to spend time with all of our special clients. We know 2019 will bring even more exciting and smile-worthy moments. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!