Online, Self-Paced Short Courses for Professionals in Virginia (to learn about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing)- Course #1: Auditory Training Overview: Using SPICE (Registration Sept. 28th - Oct. 9th)


Outreach Services, VSDB has purchased access to four more online, self-paced short courses (30 - 60 minutes each), and is making them available free of charge to professionals in Virginia who want to learn more about working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.* These courses were developed at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID).

Auditory Training Overview: Using SPICE - If they use hearing aid(s), cochlear implant(s) or both, most children who are deaf or hard of hearing need systematic training to make the most of the technology. This is the first in a series of four self-paced courses created to save teachers and SLPs time in helping children ages 2-12 develop fundamental auditory skills.  This first course is an overview of the CID Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation, or SPICE, and fundamentals of promoting development of initial auditory skills.

The SPICE curriculum offers a structured approach for developing skills in speech detection, suprasegmental perception, vowel and consonant perception and connected speech. It provides a framework for documenting student progress and communicating with parents and other professionals. This course covers auditory training procedures using SPICE, as well as how to achieve the first goal in its application: speech detection. Even if you don’t have the SPICE materials, you can apply the concepts and principles covered.

Target Audience: Educators (including teachers, early intervention providers, speech/language pathologists, instructional assistants) who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages 2-12, with a goal of developing listening and spoken language skills.

At the end of registration period, you will receive a voucher (coupon) code, and can then take the course at your convenience from any location, within the time period allotted.

Those who register before the given deadline for each will be sent a code that will allow access for approximately one month (dates are specified) to take that course at their convenience, 24/7. At the end of that course, each participant must complete an assessment, a course evaluation, and a questionnaire, and will then be able to request ASHA or LSLS CEUs and/or a certificate of completion. People may take as many or few courses as they choose, but for optimal benefit, it is recommended for this series that all four courses be taken. Presenters of these short courses refer to the Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation (SPICE) Kit, developed by CID; however, you can benefit greatly from the information provided even if you don’t have this kit. SPICE Kits have been ordered by Outreach Services, and will be placed in some TTAC Lending Libraries for Virginia educators to borrow, free of charge. Information on borrowing kits will be sent to registrants at a later date.            

Registration for Course #1 ends October 9, 2017. Course access is Oct. 10 - Nov. 7, 2017.

        Future Courses:

Note: Registration info for courses 2, 3, and 4 will be sent later.  

Auditory Training for Suprasegmental Perception Skills (Course #2)

Registration dates: Oct. 30 - Nov. 7, 2017

Date when course is available: Nov. 8 - Dec.15, 2017                                     

Course 2 in a series of four self-paced courses created to help educators promote development of fundamental auditory skills in children ages 2-12. In this course, you will learn how to help a child develop suprasegmental perception skills related to duration, stress and intonation. These comprise the second goal in a systematic application of the CID Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation, or SPICE curriculum. 

Auditory Training for Vowel and Consonant Perception Skills (Course #3)

Registration dates: Jan.10 - Jan. 16, 2018

Date when course is available: Jan. 1 - Feb. 17, 2018

This course covers a framework of strategies, goals, objectives and activities geared to helping children move from perceiving varying stress and intonation in words to perceiving differences only in their vowels and consonants. The CID SPICE curriculum moves from gross to finer discrimination tasks and offers activities that can be tailored to meet the needs of each child according to age, interests and abilities.

Auditory Training for Connected Speech Skills (Course #4)

Registration dates: Feb. 12 - Feb. 19, 2018

Date when course is available: Feb. 20 - Mar. 20, 2018

To engage with others in natural environments such as play, school and home, children need the ability to understand phrases and sentences. This course covers strategies for teaching, tracking and collecting data as a systematic approach to helping children learn to understand connected and conversational speech. The goals for the child are to identify key words in sentences, to follow directions, to repeat practiced sentences, to converse with picture context, to converse about a familiar topic and to engage in connected discourse tracking.

*If you do not need ASHA or LSLS credit or certificates of completion toward licensure, these courses can be accessed for free through CID without going through Outreach Services.

10/10/2017 - 11/7/2017
Tag(s): Communication/Language Early Childhood Early Intervention Elementary Hearing Impairment Middle School Paraprofessional Preschool Related Services