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Kim Hamren and Maura Berndsen to Speak at WSLHA Convention

by Listen and Talk Staff


Our Senior Birth to Three Specialist, Kim Hamren and Educational Director Maura Berndsen will present Improving Equity in Services at the Washington Speech Language Hearing Association Convention on October 13. Learn more about this event at the WSLHA website.

About the presentation: There are stark disparities between families of color and white families accessing services and achieving great outcomes. We work to change this. Kim will describe our equity journey, reflect on organizational practices and demonstrate ways in which we are evolving our culture to improve access and outcomes for all families. Participants will develop action steps to improve equity in their organizations.

Kim Hamren, M.Ed, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the Senior Birth to Three Specialist and Maura Berndsen, MA, CED, LSLS Cert. AVT is the Educational Director at Listen and Talk in Seattle and have worked at Listen and Talk since 1997. They mentor the Birth to Three and Classroom staff that provide services for families who have children with hearing loss.

GiveBIG to Listen and Talk on May 10

by Listen and Talk Staff

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Listen and Talk Alum to Compete at State Geography Bee

by Listen and Talk Staff

"In what country is Mount Everest located?"

The answer is... Nepal!

Thousands of schools in the United States participate in the annual National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Earlier this year, Will (a Listen and Talk alum in the 8th grade) and two dozen of his schoolmates were challenged with questions about geography, history, and the world around us. These regional competitions were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine a School Champion.

After several rounds of tense competition, Will was the last student standing and was crowned champion of The Overlake School in Redmond. Hooray!


As the School Champion, Will was selected as one of the elite students who will compete at the Washington State National Geographic State Bee this Friday, March 31 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The State Champion will win some cool stuff ($100 and the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition) and a trip to our nation's capital to represent our state by competing in the National Geographic Bee Championship in May, where the winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and the title of National Champion.

Everyone at Listen and Talk is rooting for you, Will!

Do you have what it takes to be the next National Geographic Bee Champion? Learn more about the Bee, take a mini-test, or download their app by visiting Nat Geo's website.


The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.

Support Program Initiatives at Global Giving

by Listen and Talk Staff


GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world, making it possible for nonprofits all over the world (including Listen and Talk) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place. We are excited to announce 5 new GlobalGiving projects that you can help support!


Dear Friends,

From all of us at Listen and Talk, we send the warmest wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy new year.

There is much for which to be grateful and as 2016 comes to a close, we are humbled and honored to serve the children and families who seek our help. We will continue to strive toward our vision that no child be limited by hearing loss and seek ways to expand and enhance our programs. We have several exciting initiatives to share with you:


The Gift of Music


Music to Help Children Learn to Listen
This project will provide support to Listen and Talk's music program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Music is a powerful tool in enriching a child's listening skills as they learn to listen and talk. Musical instruments, song books, and specialized materials available in our music program can help families make music an integral part of their everyday lives. #music #discovery #artsandculture


The Gift of Sound Access


Help them Hear! Hearing Device Loaner Bank
Listen and Talk will establish a hearing technology loaner bank serving 200 families/year. Children attending Listen and Talk use high-tech hearing devices to give them access to sound. Specialists help them develop the ability to listen when using their hearing devices. The loaner bank will allow for learning to listen even when a personal device is in repair. #soundaccess #hearingdevices #uninterruptedlearning


The Gift of Knowledge


Building Capacity in Underserved Regions
There is a shortage of qualified providers in many regions of Washington State. The goal of this project is to advance the skill development of birth-to-three providers serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, in underserved areas of WA. #knowledge #mentorship #outreach


Please consider making a year-end contribution to Listen and Talk or specifically to one of these projects and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by law.

With deep gratitude,

Suzanne Quigley, PhD, CCC-A
Executive Director



Save the Date!

by Listen and Talk Staff


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Join our Newsletter mailing list to ensure you receive a digital invitation! We will be delivering an e-vite in December, with a link to buy tickets online.

Can’t attend? Make a 100% tax-deductible donation today!

Click here for more details!

SOUND BITES: Hunter and Riley

by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Hunter and Riley

"Hunter and Riley wanted to come back and visit the students at Listen and Talk. It was tough to logistically get them here today, but we knew it was worth it, so we made it happen... Our daughters received early intervention services and attended preschool here. When they entered grade school, they were right on par with their peers...the school was impressed at how well Listen and Talk had prepared the girls! It really confirmed our decision to bring them here. Our whole extended family has so much appreciation and respect for Listen and Talk. Hunter and Riley are happy, well-adjusted, and brilliant kids and because of Listen and Talk, their potential knows no bounds."


by Listen and Talk Staff

Sound Bites Ariele

"This was the FM system I used 20 years ago when I was a child with hearing loss. It's amazing how hearing technology has changed. Back then, it wasn't as simple as connecting a receiver to a hearing aid or implant. Now, it's better, more efficient, more reliable. Here's a polaroid of me as a preschooler with my educational audiologist. I had her support until I graduated from high school. Now, I'm a Teacher of the Deaf. And when I am working with a kiddo who is frustrated with their FM, I like to share this story. I hope it gives them some perspective about how far hearing technology has come."

Testimonials - Parent Empowerment

by Listen and Talk Staff


Listen and Talk is deeply committed to family centered services. Our Early Intervention providers coach families to help them understand the process of helping their child develop listening and spoken language skills in a natural, playful way. Through supported practice, a family learns to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow.

When we initiated a telehealth model of service delivery (Virtual Home Visits or VHV), we were intent on making sure that parents received the coaching and support that would help their family be successful. With the results of the study described in our previous report and interviews with families, we are learning that parents CAN get their needs met through a telehealth model of service delivery. Now some of our families are asking we provide services solely through VHV!

We had the opportunity to interview some of these parents in an effort to better understand the reasons for their preference. Here are some highlights:

Do you feel your needs are being met better with in-home visits or virtual home visits?

Parent 1 Answer:
"I do better with VHV because it forces me to practice on my own —rather than rely on the therapist to run the session... I find I have more confidence doing the whole session myself after a virtual visit."

Parent 2 Answer:

"VHV is either the same or better... Before, when I had in-home services, I would sit back and watch the therapist... Now, sessions are tailored to how I would perform as opposed to how any given therapist would do it... I guess that could be perceived as better or worse—depending on how I am doing with it!"

Thanks to our donors, we are developing evidence-based methods for meeting the complex needs of families no matter where they live! Thank you for your support!

This is from a report to our donors from our project on Global Giving: "Using Technology to Serve Children Who are Deaf (or Hard of Hearing)" We invite you to join the Global Giving fundraising community to give directly to this project!

Sound Possibilities

by Listen and Talk Staff

"Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing!"

Sound Possibilities, our 9th Annual Benefit and Auction, took place at the Mountaineers Program Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The evening included exciting silent and live auctions, a rousing game of Heads or Tails, a sinfully sweet Dessert Dash,  a heartfelt parent testimonial from Jodi and Mark Kawabata, and a powerful video featuring the children of Listen and Talk's early days—who are now all grown up!




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2013 | 2014 Gratitude Report

by Listen and Talk Staff


No child is limited by hearing loss. This vision of Listen and Talk drives all we do. We seek to enable children who are deaf or hard of hearing to have every opportunity for independent and successful lives.

Listen and Talk is the Pacific Northwest’s largest provider of early intervention and classroom services for children developing listening and spoken language, and we continue to grow rapidly. As awareness grows around what is possible for babies born deaf or hard of hearing, Listen and Talk is sought out, powering dramatic growth. Moreover, our amazing alumni are living our vision in an ever-expanding number of schools and professions, and in so doing they are telling our story in the most powerful way. And the new students keep coming. The reality is that our growth is limited by our fundraising ability, not our service delivery capabilities.

In recent years, we have further strengthened our organization’s ability to drive toward our vision. We have added to our amazing team of experts, expanded audiology, and invested in board development. We have innovated service delivery for children and families, including the development of our groundbreaking tele-health model. We have participated in a multi-center study with colleagues from around the country, expanded community awareness of the importance of early identification and intervention, made investments in the tracking and reporting of child and family outcomes, shared our expertise locally and nationally, and enhanced our facility.

As we embark on a new year, a year that is bound to bring more children to our door bursting with potential that we are pleased to help unlock, I am filled with gratitude, excitement, and anticipation. To our partners and donors, we are humbled by the commitment you demonstrate to our organization and share this report to highlight what Listen and Talk is, and has become, because of you.

Thank you.

Suzanne Quigley, PhD, CCC-A
Executive Director

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