Listening & Spoken Language

The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) program at Utah School for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) emphasizes teaching children with hearing loss to access their world by using hearing aids or cochlear implants and communicating by listening and talking. Educationally, the goal for LSL students is to have spoken language skills equivalent to hearing peers and be mainstreamed in their neighborhood school with typical students.


Program Components

Young student working on an art projectSelf Contained Classrooms: Preschool to Second Grade – With a focus on listening, children develop speech skills and language. Teachers follow the State Core Curriculum Standards to ensure children have access to general curriculum.

Individual Therapy: Listening and Spoken Language – Specialists provide one-on-one therapy for students on a daily basis to support language goals.

Parent-Child Language Therapy – Parents meet weekly with their child’s teachers and discover new ways to encourage listening and language development in the home.

Outreach Teachers: Serve students in their home school districts – Language, academic, and hearing support is provided based on individual student needs.


LSL Program Goals

  • Form partnerships with parents and families to teach children with hearing loss to listen and talk.
  • Provide an individualized, developmentally appropriate listening and spoken language education that enables each child to maximize his or her overall potential in academic, physical, social, and speech-language development.
  • Partner with local school districts to provide a smooth transition back to neighborhood schools as children reach their goals.

A teacher reads to her class


LSL Staff

Our staff is committed to excellence in providing services to children and their families. It consists of licensed professionals who are Deaf Educators, Early Childhood Special Educators, and Certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists. Our staff partners with Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists.


Locations

The Listening and Spoken Language Program can be found at three locations: Ogden, Orem, and Salt Lake City


Contact

Jennifer Salazar
USDB LSL Director
801.598.8841
jennifers@usdb.org