Purposeful Talk Itinerary

About the Instructor

Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz currently works as an independent trainer and mentor in Auditory Verbal Therapy. Until September 2016,  Elizabeth was a member of the Midlands Hearing Implant Programme (Children’s Service) in Birmingham, UK. As well as delivering services to children and their families, she was involved in the development of training and mentoring for professionals or parents who wish to develop skills in Auditory Verbal Therapy, both in the UK and overseas. Elizabeth has a background in education and audiology. She developed the children’s cochlear implant service at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and has also worked for Auditory Verbal UK, (AVUK), a highly specialized charitable organization delivering AVT services and training.  Elizabeth’s interests include the development of thinking skills and theory of mind through spoken language in children who use hearing aids or cochlear implants, and the exploration of optimal ways to deliver training to learner therapists as they develop their practice.

Cleary School for the Deaf Presents:

Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz


Playing and Talking Together:  Reaching Therapy Goals by Building Conversations

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Course Site:  Cleary School for the Deaf

301 Smithtown Blvd.

Nesconset, NY 11767


Learner Outcomes

1) Participants will be able to integrate their theoretical knowledge with a dynamic, conversational approach to therapy.

2) Participants will describe play activities suitable for children at a range of ages and disabilities

3) Participants will identify practical strategies for maximizing effective co-working with the parents of their patients and students.

4) Participants will devise an activity suitable for the age group they work with, which supports the development of shared thinking and theory of mind.

5) Participants will list the characteristics of purposeful conversational exchange between two people, and in particular between a child and an adult.

Abstract and Summary of the Presentation

This training day aims to support professionals who work with children who have hearing impairment in their effort to integrate rigorous practice with child-friendly, cognitively rich, and family-friendly activities. We will use presentations, video, practical activities, discussion, and case examples to move practitioners towards competence in placing audition and speech firmly within a social, functional, and developmentally appropriate context for each of the children in their care. 


8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-10:30 Review the characteristics of conversation; The “Communication Pyramid”; Conversational Pragmatics

10:30-10:45- Break

10:45-12:00 Conversations at home, in therapy, and in the classroom; The adult role in activities and prompts that support conversation; Challenges for children with hearing impairment

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:15-2:45 Therapy Planning; Home, classroom & therapy activities; Staying focused through purposeful talk

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00- Supporting child to child conversation between siblings and classmates; Take-home messages and Tips for practice


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$150 for Professionals

$75 for Parents/Students

Group Rate: 3 or more from the same school/agency  $130

This intermediate course is offered for .65 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

 AG Bell/LSL CEU’s Pending