The Ling Six Sound Test Printable Cards FREEBIE

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This set of cards is designed to help teach the Ling Six Sounds to children utilizing hearing technology such as cochlear implants and/or hearing aids.

What is the Ling Six Sound Test?

The Ling Six Sound Test was created by Daniel Ling as a quick method to ensure that a child’s hearing technology (such as a cochlear implant and/or hearing aid) is functioning appropriately. It’s a low-tech way to know if a child is currently able to hear the spectrum of sounds (pitch and loudness) in the English language, which is critical for language and academic learning.

How do I complete the Ling Six Sound Test?

The ultimate goal is for the Ling Six Sound Test to be completed in just a few seconds, by having the child repeat a series of phonemes in randomized order without visual cues several times a day to check the functioning of cochlear implants and/or hearing aids. However, when a child is first learning to listen, they need to learn to detect the sounds, and secondly, discriminate between the sounds, before they are able to repeat the sounds without any cues. These cards are best paired with activities/toys that correspond to the pictures. Once the sound-object correspondence is understood by the child, the cards can be used alone to help the child discriminate between the sounds. Eventually, the child can simply repeat the phoneme they hear without the need for cards. The Ling sounds should be presented in a quiet environment, and at a normal conversational volume with a few feet of space between you and the child.

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Interactive NO PRINT Auditory Training Word Discrimination Cards

Listening Walks for Sound Awareness for Children with Hearing Loss

Six Sound Test Cup Game for Children with Hearing Loss

Get To Know Hearing Technology Boom Cards™

The Six Sound Test: Beginner Boom Cards™

Listening and Spoken Language Strategy Handouts for Parents and Professionals

My Hearing Helpers Presentation for Self Advocacy

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