Understanding Speech Acoustics online course is full

Hello, the Understanding Speech Acoustics online course has filled.

Thanks to all of you who have shown an interest in the course. I plan to offer the course again in Fall, 2016. The date will be determined when the A.G. Bell Academy publishes the certification examination schedule. Expect the course to be scheduled 6 to 8 weeks prior to the first Fall, 2016 exam.

If you wish to join the waiting list for registration for the Fall, 2016 Understanding Speech Acoustics course,  please contact Helen McCaffrey Morrison at:



The Listening-Speaking-Learning inaugural online course: Understanding Speech Acoustics

Understanding Speech Acoustics

  • May 1 – 28, 2016
  • 6 LSLS CEUs approved
  • $60.00
  • Registration limited to 15 participants
  • Self-paced, work on your own schedule
  • To register, contact Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT
    • helen.morrison@me.com
  • Registration deadline: April 15, 2016

May 1 is the opening date of the first online course, Understanding Speech Acoustics. You might wonder why a science-y topic like Speech Acoustics is offered as a skill-building course for work with children with hearing loss and their families.

Consider these scenarios:

  • A child misunderstands what his parents say. Why? Is the topic unfamiliar? Is the language too complex? Is there new vocabulary? Or, are aspects of that message inaudible or not discriminable? Are you able to quickly analyse the speech that was presented to the child to identify a possible acoustic explanation for misunderstanding?
  • A child produces speech errors. Why? Is he attempting to use language that is above his level in complexity? Is he using unfamiliar vocabulary? Is the error consistent with developmental expectations for speech production? Does the child have motor habits or difficulties that impact production? Or is the error a consequence of an inability to hear the speech sound clearly? Can you interpret the error according to what the child is able to hear with his hearing technology?
  • You are helping parents prepare a child for a birthday party. You help his parents list of the phrases and words that their child might need to understand and use in order to participate. Based on the child’s acoustic access with hearing technology, are some words and phrases going to be the easier for a child to learn? 

An understanding of the stuff that spoken language is made from – speech acoustics – is a basic understanding that we must have in order to effectively help a child develop listening skills and spoken language.

Do you have charts of numbers that you feel you must memorize in order to apply speech acoustics to teaching and therapy? Put them away.  Become a speech scientist.Understanding Speech Acoustics gets at the basics, linking the movements of speech to the sounds that are created by these movement, helping you to think on your feet and apply your understanding to help children and families.

The 4-week course combines recorded lecture, readings and self-assessment, covering these topics:

  • Week 1: Complex sound, phonation and resonance
  • Week 2: Vowels
  • Week 3: Consonants
  • Week 4: Speech acoustics and the audiogram, The Ling 6 Sound test


Welcome to Listening – Speaking – Learning!

Listening – Speaking – Learning  is for parents and professionals who are seeking the skills and information that can help children with hearing loss learn to listen to and use spoken language.

  • If you are encountering a child with hearing loss for the first time. . .
  • If you are seeking ideas for changing practice. . .
  • If you are earning Listening & Spoken Language Specialist certification . . .
  • If you are searching for a professional learning community and affirmation for your efforts . . .


Here you’ll find online courses and (evidence-based) musings about how children listen, communicate and learn – and how families help make this happen.

This site and the online courses offered are authored by Helen M. Morrison, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVT, an Auditory-Verbal therapist with over 40 years experience working with children and families and over 30 years experience with university teaching and professional development.