Amanda Beneke is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certified in Auditory Verbal Therapy. She graduated from the University of Arizona with her master's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) in 2009. She joined the SLHS team as a professional in 2021. Amanda worked in different locations across the United States before coming back to the University of Arizona including the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Tucson, the John Tracy Center in Los Angeles, Maryland School for the Deaf-Columbia Campus, and the University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Amanda has also volunteered in Zambia, Africa for many years to develop the field of speech-language pathology in the universities and communities there.
Amanda’s expertise is in the area of hearing loss and Listening and Spoken Language (LSL). For families who choose spoken language for their child, she utilizes the principles of Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) to coach parents and caregivers to become the primary facilitators of their child’s listening and spoken language skills. In addition, Amanda communicates in American Sign Language and Spanish to support the language of the individuals with whom she is working. Amanda is a strong supporter of access to rich language for all children! Amanda has experience working with children with cochlear implants (CI), hearing aids, bone conduction hearing devices (BAHA), and auditory brainstem implants (ABI). Amanda is passionate about supervising and training graduate students so more professionals are excited and prepared to work with individuals who are Deaf/hard of hearing.