Serving Children with Hearing Loss: From Development to Treatment

This course aims to cover a variety of introductory level information about serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing. It will touch on communication options, multilingualism, interpreting an audiogram, and an introduction to auditory-verbal therapy. Strategies for developing listening and spoken language will be discussed and tied into treatment planning. The importance of music and the effects on literacy will also be introduced. The course will be concluded with case studies to wrap-up all information.

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Cassie Donsbach, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a speech-language pathologist and auditory verbal therapist in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her interest in the field originated from childhood when her younger brother was diagnosed with language delay secondary to bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Her brother began therapy where he learned to use his hearing aids to listen and develop spoken language. This motivated Cassie to pursue her master’s degree and become an auditory-verbal therapist. She now partners with families to guide them on their journey. She has served children and families in home, clinic, preschool, and public school settings and has a strong passion for helping the deaf and hard of hearing population participate in the mainstream setting.

Cassie Donsbach, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Learner Outcomes:

  • Examine auditory development milestones, communication choices, and how they relate to setting goals for the deaf and hard of hearing population.

  • Identify strategies, activities, and home practice activities to promote listening and spoken language development in children with hearing loss.

Financial and Non-Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial: Cassie was provided a speaking fee from Pediatric Feeding Therapy, LLC for this course.

  • Nonfinancial: Cassie does not have any nonfinancial disclosures.



  • 0-5 min Introduction

  • 5-15 min Communication choice & technology

  • 15-30 min Listening and spoken language (LSL) Strategies

  • 30-35 min Music & Literacy

  • 35-50 min Treatment planning

  • 50-60 min Case study


How to get ASHA CEUs:

-Watch Pre-recorded course in its entirety

-Complete 5 question post-quiz scoring 80% or higher

(you can retake the quiz)

-Make sure name, e-mail, address, and ASHA

number are correct in Thinkific account


*ASHA CEU option begins 10/11/2021

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