Auditory Learning: Research to Practice in Children with Hearing Loss

Audience: Audiologist, SLP, Educators, Parents of children with Cochlear implants/hearing loss, Students
Course Level: Introductory
Date: October 12, 2013
Check in time: 8-8:30 am
Course time: 8:30-4:30 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Bloomington. 
1201 W. 94th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
Meeting Room: Hyland

Course Fee: $95.00

A discount of 50% applies to families of children with hearing loss as well as students/future professionals.

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Contact Hours: 6.5
Course Summary:
Hearing loss in childhood impacts both the patient and their families; this affects many things throughout their lifetime.  This course will examine outcomes for patients with hearing loss.  Lectures will focus on: how speech perception/production, language, and literacy performance of children who use cochlear implants are influenced by various factors; how aural rehabilitation can positively impact patient performance; and information on how audiologist's role in helping patients through this journey and modifying their testing based on performance. 

Dr. Emily A. Tobey
currently is Professor and Nelle C. Johnston Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as, a Vice Provost for Faculty Development in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and Assistant Vice President in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Dr. Tobey served as a Distinguished Lecturer at Texas Woman's University and as a visiting research scholar at the Australian Bionic Ear and Hearing Research Institute of the University of Melbourne, the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Center of Nottingham, England and the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Montpellier, France. She was named Distinguished Academy Scientist by the Louisiana Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and Acoustical Society of America. In 2001, she was named the University of Texas at Dallas Polykarp Kusch Lecturer: the highest honor an individual faculty member can receive from the University. She served as a Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Xi, the nation’s honorary research society from 2008-2010 and in 2011, she received the Honors of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, the highest honor awarded by the Association, for career achievements. She has held external funding from the NIH and other external resources continuously since 1975 and has published over 100 manuscripts.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Emily A. Tobey receives Salary from the University of Texas at Dallas and receives an honoraria for speaking on this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose

Christie Kenney, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, 
completed her education at Kent State University.  In August of 2006, she became the Baha and cochlear implant audiologist at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, working with pediatric and adult populations.  In 2009, she joined Cochlear Americas as the clinical application specialist for the Upper Midwest.  
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Kenney receives a salary from Cochlear Americas.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose

Christine Pett, MS, CED, completed a Bachelor's degree (1991) in Communication Disorders at St. Louis University and a Master's degree (1993) in Deaf Education at Washington University in St. Louis.  Christine worked for 8 years in private, oral schools for the deaf where she would teach listening and spoken language skills. She also worked 4 years in the public system, working as an Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.  Christine began working with Med-El in 2010 as a Consumer Outreach Manager.  In this role, Christine works with parents, educators and consumers sharing information on Med-El's technology and many wonderful educational resources.  
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Pett receives a salary from Med-El Corp.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose

Dr. Barbara Friedman, Au.D., CCC-A, Dr. Friedman  is an Audiologist at Lions Children’s Hearing and ENT clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Amplatz Children’s Hospital and at the Audiology Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, working with both pediatrics and adults doing diagnostics, hearing aids and cochlear implants. Dr. Friedman began working with cochlear implants at the University of MN Medical Center in 1990, when it was initially FDA approved for children, working with the first children who received cochlear implants in this state. She feels it has been exciting to be involved with the children over many years, and to see how they have progressed into young adults and adults. It has provided her with a good perspective of “what is possible” for deaf and hard of hearing children. She has presented at State and National meetings on topics of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and has been on the Boards of Northern Voices School and Hands and Voices.
Prior to working at the University of MN Medical Center, she was an Educational Audiologist for Manitoba Dept of Education. She received her Master of Science Degree in Audiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Friedman receives an honoraria for teaching and  speaking on this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Erika R King, MA CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Lions Children’s Hearing & ENT Clinic at Amplatz Hospital and the Rehabilitation Department at Southdale Hospital. She is certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist by the AG Bell Association, which recognizes training and expertise in assessment and intervention for children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and talk. Prior to joining Fairview in June 2010, Erika served as a speech-language pathologist and assessments coordinator at Northern Voices in Roseville, Minnesota. Erika received her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 2007 in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with an emphasis in bilingualism and multicultural issues. She is a chapter leader for  Minnesota AG Bell and she is committed to providing a full range of communication options for families who have children with hearing loss throughout the state.
Financial Disclosure: Ms.Erika King receives an honoraria for teaching and speaking on this topic.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms. Erika King is a chapter leader for Minnesota AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language

Sara M. Oberg, B.M., M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at the Lions Children’s Hearing and ENT Clinic at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview providing aural rehabilitation and speech-language therapy for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and have hearing aids and/or cochlear implants since 2007. She graduated in 2003, with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education and in 2007 with a Masters in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota. She has also received a Certificate in Vocology from the University of Iowa and National Center for Voice and Speech and a Vocal Pedagogy Certificate from the University of Minnesota. As a speech-language pathologist, she evaluates children through the Lions Children’s Hearing Center to see if they are cochlear implant candidates. In 2010, she had a vision and started an Adult Cochlear Implant Social Group in Minnesota, because many individuals expressed feeling isolated and/or the desire to connect with others who have hearing loss or have lost their hearing and have received a cochlear implant. She has personally been involved with the Deaf community since she was born, because her grandparents had accidents and lost their hearing at 5 and 14 years old. She has been immersed with the Deaf culture her entire life and is very passionate about this community and making a positive difference in helping all of the individuals she works with reach their full potential. She has also studied American Sign Language and would consider herself to be proficient, but not fluent. She uses American Sign Language with certain adults and children who are pursuing this communication modality. She has also taught aural rehabilitation classes and presented on aural rehabilitation.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Sara Oberg receives an honoraria for teaching and speaking on this topic.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms. Sara Oberg is on the MN Department of Health's Newborn Hearing and Screening Advisory Committee 

Carly Alsbach, MSEd, LSLS Cert.AVEd, received her MS in Deaf Education from the University of Southern California/John Tracy Clinic.  She is a Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator and spent 11 years as a teacher of the deaf and private therapist helping children develop their listening and spoken language skills.  During this time her passion for advocating for children with a hearing loss and their families also led her to serve on the board of A.G. Bell and consult with local school districts on how to best support their students in the mainstream classroom.  Carly currently works at Advanced Bionics, helping cochlear implant recipients and candidates along their journey to better hearing. 
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Alsbach receives a salary from Advanced Bionics.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course description:
Dr. Emily A. Tobey:
This presentation focuses on how speech perception, speech production, language, and literacy performance in children with hearing losses who use cochlear implants are influenced by a common set of predictor variables obtained during elementary school. High correlations occurred between outcome measures collected during elementary school sessions and the high school test sessions (ranging from .75 to .83). The highest performers in elementary school were also the highest performers in high school. Early difficulties associated with speech perception, speech production, and language tend to persist throughout the elementary and high school years. The most highly related areas were language and literacy. Children with the highest vocabulary and syntax skills achieved the highest literacy skills in high school. Speech perception and production also are highly related to one another. Speech perception and literacy received the lowest correlations. These analyses suggest early outcome performance persists and strongly influences later outcomes. Exploration of early factors impacting pre-school children will be introduced and discussed.

Dr. Barbara Friedman, Au.D., CCC-A: "Maximizing Auditory Input: A Team Approach" This presentation will provide a potpourri of information of how auditory performance is assessed, adjusted, and monitored to obtain the best outcomes. This will include suggestions on how equipment can be checked, and how the team (the child, parents, audiologists, speech/language pathologists, educators, and others) can and should monitor and collaborate to be certain auditory input is maintained so speech production and perception can be accomplished.

Erika R King, MA CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT:
This portion of the presentation will focus on aural rehabilitation and what occurs in a pediatric aural rehabilitation session. Topics discussed will include communication modality, the decision-making process, and non-standard assessments for diverse caseloads. Other options for family support including a family support group will also be discussed

Sara M. Oberg, B.M., M.A., CCC-SLP: "Helping Children with Hearing Aids and/or Cochlear implants reach their full potential"  This part of the presentation will provide information on how to help children with hearing loss who have hearing aids and/or cochlear implants reach their full potential in therapy and outside of therapy.  It will also provide many resources, including iPad applications, which may foster auditory, as well as expressive and receptive language development.  Finally, it will address the importance of a team approach to help children be successful and reach their full potential in terms of speech, language, and auditory skills.

Christie Kenney:
"Resources to support professionals who work with children, families and adults." Materials for professionals will be discussed and will be based on all age groups. Cochlear implants can be used in various roles and settings, in clinics and at home, with CI, Baha and hearing aid recipients. Resources and information on resources will also be included for professionals or parents/recipients.

Christine Pett: "BRIDGE to Communication." Rehabilitation Resources for Educators and Professionals BRIDGE is a program developed by Med-El Corporation especially designed for education and rehabilitation professionals, implant users and parents to help BRIDGE the gap between implantation and the rapid development of improved listening skills and spoken communication.

Carly Alsbach, MSEd, LSLS Cert.AVEd: Advanced Bionics has developed a wide variety of free resources to support the development of listening and language skills for children and adults with hearing loss.  She will introduce Baby Beats, The Listening Room, and the ABle app suite.  Learn where you can access these resources and how they can be used to foster speech, language, and auditory skill development in children. 

Upon Completion of this course, participants will be able to:

*Identify factors influencing literacy in cochlear implant users

*Evaluate how elementary school performance influences performance in high school for cochlear implant users

*Discuss how speech perception and production development are influenced by age of cochlear implantation and 
 early pre-school training.

*Identify what they need to do to ensure optimal use of their hearing devices

*Identify what occurs in a pediatric aural rehabilitation session

*Identify successful outcomes with intervention of aural Rehabilitation

*Describe what cochlear implants have to offer to professionals who work with individuals with hearing loss.

*Identify the different materials for pediatric, teens/adult rehabilitation and assessment.

*Identify and access three different resources for the development of speech and language in children with hearing loss

8-8:30 am                               Check in/Registration
8:30-9 am                               Cochlear implant users
9-9:30 am                               Elementary school to High school
9:30-10:30 am                       Speech perception and Production development-Dr. Emily A. Tobey
10:30-10:45 am                     BREAK
10:45-11:45 am                     Maximizing Auditory Input: A Team Approach-Dr. Barbara Friedman
                                                   -Perspective—From Worries to Joy
11:45-12:45 pm                     LUNCH
12:45-1:30 pm                       Pediatric aural rehabilitation session- Erika King
1:30-2:15 pm                         Aural Rehab and intervention-Sara Oberg
2:15-2:30 pm                         BREAK
2:30-3 pm                               Describe what Cochlear has to offer to professionals who work with
                                                  individuals with hearing loss-Christine Kenney
3-3:30 pm                              A Bridge to better communication-Christine Pett
3:30-4 pm                              -Carly Alsbach
4-4:30 pm                              Questions and Answers                 
This course is offered for 0.65 ASHA CEUs
(Professional area, Introductory Level). 



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