Listen to Me!

2021 COVID-19 Update

Usually, LTM is hosted at Stanford University. However, due to the pandemic, we will host LTM 2021 remotely, via Zoom. After piloting our 1st virtual conference in 2020 and tracking parent outcomes, we now know LTM continues to be effective in teaching & empowering families, even via the remote platform. We are excited to connect with you and share this critical information that will support your child’s development, while you join us from the comfort of your own home!

The entire conference will be held virtually, via Zoom (with the addition of some pre-recorded presentations and paper resources sent to attendees in advance). If a family does not have technology to support connecting with us through Zoom, we will send you loaner equipment.

The Listen to Me! Summer Institute is an intensive one-week training program for children, families, and professionals to learn how to foster listening and spoken language development with cochlear implants.

CHILDREN participate in an auditory-oral class setting and receive daily listening and spoken language therapy sessions.

PARENTS participate in educational presentations, therapy and class observations, role-playing for implementing goals at home, and a parent support group.

SIBLINGS who have normal hearing participate in a summer camp experience designed just for them, including crafts, games, and outdoor activities.

are encouraged to accompany their clients or come individually to participate in the experience and receive additional training.

Presentation topics for parents and professionals include cochlear implant surgery, bilateral implantation, research/future directions, audiological management, listening and spoken language development and strategies, special education law, behavior management and bilingualism.

Our staff and presenters

We are proud to have an extremely talented and experienced staff, who each have specialized training in cochlear implants and the development of listening and spoken language.

Our master teachers and therapists who work directly with the children and parents represent the following areas of specialty:

  • Certified listening & spoken language specialists (LSLS Cert AVT & AVEd)
  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP)
  • Teachers of the deaf & hard of hearing (TOD)


Stanford Medicine Cochlear Implant Team

  • Nikolas Blevins, MD, Cochlear Implant Surgeon
  • Julie Cooper, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Matthew Fitzgerald, PhD, Chief of Audiology
  • Jannine Larky, MA, Audiologist
  • Jamie Riedell, AuD, Audiologist
  • Melissa Tribble, AuD, Audiologist

University of California San Francisco Cochlear Implant Team

  • Dylan Chan, MD, PhD, Cochlear Implant Surgeon
  • Colleen Polite, AuD, Audiologist
  • Kurt Kramer, AuD, Audiologist

Other Guest Presenters

  • Jennifer Aguilar, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Craig Brod, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
  • Amy Henderson Brown, Attorney in Special Education Law
  • Sarah Coulthurst, MS, Audiologist
  • Margaret Farquhar, MSW, Social Worker
  • Lisa Greene, co-author of Love & Logic: Parenting Children with
    Health Issues
  • Gabriela L. Holzman, MA, Ed., Educational Consultant, DHOH
  • Joy Kearns, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Kathy Mastrini, MA, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist
  • Lisa Shaanan, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist
  • Maria Quinones, LCSW, Social Worker

LTM location

Listen to Me! Summer Institute is located on the beautiful Stanford University campus. The family participants reside in one of the large student houses on Mayfield Avenue (specific house is determined in January prior to LTM). Educational presentations take place in the Koret Pavilion at Hillel, located at 565 Mayfield Avenue, Stanford, CA (see map).

Listen To Me! 2021

Reunion: June 18-20
New Families: June 20-25
Professionals: June 22-23

Watch our movie

We've been documenting some of our families in our Listen to Me! Summer Institute. Visit our movie page, or click to watch the latest.

Contact LTM!

Families, please contact
Julie Cooper:
For Spanish, please contact
Gabriela Holzman:
Professionals, please contact
Eryn McHan: