Online Course Detail


This course describes the use of sign language by cochlear implant recipients. The relative roles of sign and spoken language as contributors to overall communication development are explored. Case study review illustrates different types of sign communicators including both short- and long-term signers. Practical habilitation goals and the activities which lead to their achievement as a function of auditory inclination are presented.

This is a Recorded Course which requires either a Windows-based computer or a Mac with speakers/headphones to view. More information is available in the FAQs/Help section.

Length: 70 minutes

Cost: Free to View

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify guidelines for sign usage when it is chosen to support spoken English development.
  • Participants will be able to outline the characteristics of a habilitative program for children considered to be short-term sign communicators.
  • Participants will be able to compare and contrast levels of auditory inclination of long-term sign communicators after auditory access is provided.
  • Participants will be able to selectively categorize auditory activities as applicable to sign language users on either end of the continuum of auditory inclination.

Course Instructor(s):
Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., Professional Development Specialist, and Ashley Garber, M.S., CCC-SLP, Listening and Language Connections