Red Flags: Identifying Barriers to Optimal Auditory Development

Experience Overview

Today's digital hearing aids with extended bandwidths can provide excellent access to speech and language for children with hearing loss. In addition, cochlear implants provide significant benefit to appropriate candidates who do not have access to speech through hearing aids. The immediate benefit of digital hearing aids and/or cochlear implants can be so significant that any improvement is assumed to be sufficient, but is it optimal? Why does the performance and progress of children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants vary greatly? By observing children's behaviors, listening carefully to their voices, and utilizing specific evaluations of audition and speech perception, parents and professionals can identify "red flags" indicating less than optimal performance. Course discussions will include how to recognize that a problem exists, to identify the source of the problem, and to determine how to rectify the problem.

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Experience Details

Dates

Live sessions are held on Tuesdays June 8, 15, 22, 29 from 8:00-9:30 PM ET

Learning Credits

This learning experience offers 6 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 0.6 CEU from the American Academy of Audiology.

Learning Level

Applying (Intermediate)

Experience Facilitator

Jane Madell PhD, FAAA, CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Jane Madell, PhD, is an audiologist, SLP, and LSLS AVT. She was formerly the Director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Cochlear Implant Center at The Ear Institute, NYEE/Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Clinical and research interests include evaluation and management of hearing in infants and children. Dr. Madell has published 7 books, numerous book chapters and journal articles. She writes the HearingandKids blog for www.HearingHealthMatters.org. She is the recipient of the AAA 2017 Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology. With Irene Taylor Brodsky she produced and directed The Listening Project, a film in which she interviews 15 young adults who’s hearing loss she identified as infants or young children. She presents at parent and professional meetings, nationally and internationally, on management of children with hearing loss, assessing technology, listening and spoken language, auditory processing disorders, and child and family support.

Experience Facilitator

Joan Hewitt AuD FAAA, CCC-A, TOD

Joan Hewitt, AuD is a pediatric audiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating infants and children with hearing loss. Board certified with a specialization in cochlear implants, Dr. Hewitt has advanced degrees in both audiology and auditory/oral education of the deaf. For more than 35 years, Dr. Hewitt has provided auditory/verbal services, hearing testing, hearing aid fitting, cochlear implant MAPping services, and educational support to children with hearing loss. In addition, she serves on the faculty of California State University-San Marcos teaching audiology and aural habilitation to undergraduate and graduate students. She has co-authored chapters in pediatric audiology textbooks and is a frequent presenter on pediatric audiology and cochlear implants at national and international conferences.

Learning Structure

For each of our online Learning Experiences, learners gather in a private group space to access the course content. Courses include resources, such as videos, articles, handouts, and quizzes, to help learners comprehend, apply, practice, and reflect on the content of each session. Courses with live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom, with the course facilitator.

Registration will open on May. 11, 2021

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify red flags in the development of auditory, speech and language skills and needed intervention
  • Analyze the red flags in order to differentiate developmental issues from therapy issues from technology issues which require audiological programming changes
  • Utilize performance measures and clinical observations to identify programming changes that will improve auditory access to speech
  • Analyze clinical observations, performance measures, and parent reports to identify the presence of red flags, the potential sources of those red flags, and the recommended solutions

CEUs and Participating

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered for this learning experience. Although there’s no cost to you as a participant to register for this course or CEU credits, your full commitment to participate and engage in the learning is considered your contribution.

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Hearing First is approved by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language®.

Logo: American Academy of Audiology - Continuing Education in Audiology

Hearing First is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.6 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

How to Earn CEUs

Each session of this learning experience includes pre-learning content and discussion prompts that should be reviewed before each live interaction session. 

Learners in this series can earn 6 CEUs from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® and 1.0 CEUs for 10 CEU hours from the American Academy of Audiology for this course. No partial CEUs will be awarded.

The requirements for earning CEUs are as follows:

  • Each session has pre-learning customized for the content, objectives, and are designed to take approximately one hour. There may be videos to watch, articles to read, or assignments to fill out to prepare you for the live session.
  • Share with other learners in the discussion forum.
  • Attend the full live session each week. You are encouraged to log in at least 20 minutes early for troubleshooting technology and connectivity prior to the start of the session.
  • Complete the Feedback Survey within 2 weeks. The link is emailed the day after the final live session, or return to the course homepage to access the link.
  • After completing the Feedback Survey you will receive an email with a link to download a customized CEU certificate, or return to the course homepage to access the link.

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Disclosures

Dr. Jane Madell, PhD, FAAA, CCC-A/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is the Director of Pediatric Audiology Consulting. She is author of Pediatric Audiology: Diagnosis, Technology, and Management, 3rd edition, Thieme Publishers. She receives compensation from Hearing First for this course.

Dr. Joan Hewitt, AuD FAAA, CCC-A, TOD, is a Pediatric Audiologist at Project Talk and is adjunct faculty at California State University – San Marcos. She is a chapter author of several pediatric audiology textbooks. She receives compensation from Hearing First for this course.

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