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Two Texas-Based SLPs Teach 12-Year-Old Recipient of Cochlear Implants to Talk

by Shelley D. Hutchins
close up of 12-year-old Jeffrey Mota

Jeffrey Mota—who was adopted from China three years ago and has severe hearing loss—is 12 years old and learning to communicate verbally for the first time. Last year, the boy received cochlear implants and began processing sounds once they were activated early this year. He works with two speech-language pathologists as he learns how to talk.

A local ABS affiliate in Austin, Texas, interviewed the SLPs and Jeffrey’s father.

Expanded Cochlear Implant Candidacy

Amidst renewed debate about teaching signed versus spoken language to children who are deaf, professionals call for emphasizing all forms of early language access.

What cochlear implants do for children’s language performance is revolutionary. But the device can’t do all the work. It takes concentrated, sustained post-implant intervention to truly realize the miracle.

Making the Cochlear Connection in Class

At school, Jeffrey works with Katie Barnett, an SLP with the Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District. Barnett began working with Jeffrey not long after he moved to the U.S. After school, SLP Jamie Putnam continues treatment to help him progress. In addition to learning to speak, he’s also learning English.

Shelley D. Hutchins is content editor/producer for the ASHA Leader. shutchins@asha.org.


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Molly. December 6, 2017 - 10:25 pm

Praying for you. Keep up the good work.

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