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How Livermore Valley School District Made Classroom Audio a Classroom Standard

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Understanding How Acoustic Accessibility Impacts Learning

Translating speech to learning is a complicated issue for children. Because their auditory brain does not fully develop until age 15, their brains aren’t able to fill in gaps to words they don’t hear clearly like adults can.  In a recent webinar presented by Lightspeed, Dr. Carol Flexer, Ph.D., CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT, described the complexity and importance of acoustic accessibility to learning, ...

Overcoming Listening Challenges of Reopening Schools in COVID-19 Era

Educators, school administrators and others providing services in schools face new challenges as schools plan for classrooms that can pivot between remote and in-person learning, as well as hybrid models to keep classroom populations low. Likely measures, including masks worn by both educators and students and physical distancing minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission, but pose additional ...

Consider the“Listening Lens” as Schools Balance Safety and Learning

Recalling a recent experience in a grocery store, Dr. Carrie Spangler, Au.D., CCC-A, found herself unable communicate with a grocery clerk wearing a mask without a tool she’s relied on throughout her life: the ability to read speech and facial cues.    “I really had no idea what she was saying,” said Spangler, who grew up with hearing loss and now works as Lead Educational Audiologist for Summit ...