Since I mentioned "Hearing Journey" in my blog post from Monday (Milestone Monday - Music Development), I thought I'd highlight the link as a wonderful resource!  The site is designed for kids with hearing loss, but the activities can always be adapted and used for hearing kids working on language goals.

Hearing Journey was created by Advanced Bionics, a cochlear implant company.  If you go to the Hearing Journey website, there is a ton of information and FREE printable activities.  You must register, but membership is free.  There are:
  • articles to read
  • conversation/message boards/forums with varying topics
  • free printable activities at the "Listening Room"

To find the listening room, go to the Hearing Journey website and click on "The Listening Room" (bottom right corner of the page).  There will be three categories:  Infants & Toddlers, Kids, and Teens & Adults.  The Infants & Toddlers section has activities and developmental information for 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18 months and up.  The Kids section has articles, circle time activities, weekly activities, "talkabouts" (created using file folders, these are themed to get kids to talk about something they experienced), etc. for kids.  All of the activities are FREE to print and "weekly activity" changes each Friday!  The "Teens & Adults" section is geared more for people with cochlear implants.  It focuses on educating about cochlear implants, giving resources about cochlear implants & listening, and providing listening activities.  If you are a teen/adult or you know a teen/adult with a cochlear implant, this is a great resource!

As a therapist, I will print out the activities each week and I put them in a file.  I go through that file periodically and I'll create the game that will work with some kids that I'm working with at the time.  I've created many of the activities and have gotten A LOT of use from them!  I also have a wealth of more activities for when the time is right.

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