Auditory Brain Development:
The Key to Language and Literacy for All Children

Friday, April 6, 2018
Wes Watkins Center
Oklahoma State University

This presentation will provide information about the pivotal role of auditory brain development in the acquisition of spoken communication, reading, and academic skills in all children, and particularly those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Flexer will discuss the roles of neuroplasticity, hearing loss, technology, and auditory stimulation on central auditory neural maturation and classroom performance. Information about classroom acoustics will be provided. Literacy development and the use of music will be highlighted. Participants will take home specific strategies for “growing the child’s brain” for spoken communication and literacy development.

See Registration section for details.


carol flexer

Carol Flexer, Ph.D., FAAA, CCC-A, LSLS Cert. AVT

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology
The University of Akron

An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 14 books, Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For her research and advocacy for children with hearing loss, Dr. Flexer has received four prestigious awards; two from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- the Volta Award and Professional of the Year Award, one from the American Academy of Audiology; the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award., and one from Kent State University, The EHHS Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015.


Financial: Speaker is receiving an honorarium from the CCCD Conference for this talk.
Nonfinancial: Speaker has no, relevant non-financial information to disclose.



7:30 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:30
Introduction and course overview
8:30 - 10:00
This segment will provide new information about the auditory neurological basis for language and literacy. Specifically, the relationship of auditory brain development to the acquisition of spoken communication, reading, and academic skills will be detailed as the basis for paradigm shifts in early intervention and education
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:00
Auditory learning: technology, concepts and strategies including use of music; literacy as an auditory skill
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:30
Acoustic Accessibility; managing home and school environments through use of remote microphone technologies; incidental learning.
2:30 - 2:45
2:45 - 4:00
Participants will take home strategies and practical tips for “growing the baby/child’s brain for talking, reading, learning and making friends.”

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

Detail the auditory basis of phonemic awareness, reading fluency and overall literacy development. Define distance hearing and incidental learning and relate both to acoustic accessibility in home and school environments.
Describe auditory brain development as the foundation for listening, language and literacy for all children including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Discuss the relationship of neuroplasticity to the use of hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM technologies.
Explain how parents and teachers can ‘grow their child’s brain” for listening, speaking, reading, and learning.


Register early and save! - Prices will increase $30 after March 16.

$120 - Professionals

$70 - OSU Faculty and Off Campus Supervisors

$50 - Students



  • This course This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). Full attendance required. No credit for partial attendance.
  • This course is approved for 6 LSLS CEUs through AG Bell Academy
  • Registration includes refreshments.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute or receive a credit memo toward a future CCCD conference. If you cancel your registration by March 16th, your registration fee will be refunded, less $50.
  • Questions or special needs: If you need any special accommodations or assistance, or if you need more information please call 405.744.8459 or email

Registration by mail:

OSU Arts & Sciences Outreach

213 Life Sciences East

Stillwater, OK 74078-3017

Phone: 405-744-8459


Fax: 405-744-6992

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ASHA logoOklahoma ABLE Tech is approved by the Continuing Education Bord of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide contuniung education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
LSLS continuing education hours available through the AG Bell Academy.