Auditory Learning: An introduction to maximizing success with cochlear implants

Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Educators, Families, and Physicians
Course Level: Introductory Level, Professional area
Date: Sept. 29, 2012
Check In Time: 8-8:30 a.m.
Course Time: 8:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital
International Rooms A & B
6401 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $75
A discount of 50% applies to families of children with hearing loss as well as students/future professionals.

Course summary:
Advances in hearing technologies have allowed children and adults with any degree of hearing loss to learn to listen and use spoken language. However, levels of success with cochlear implants and other hearing technologies vary. This conference is designed for professionals who work with individuals who have hearing loss, as well as parents of children with hearing loss, who are interested in furthering their knowledge of listening and spoken language development with the goal of maximizing success. At the completion of this course, professionals will understand the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in assessment and intervention and feel better equipped to guide families towards successful development of listening and spoken language skills. Families will gain knowledge of numerous resources available to assist their children in learning to listen and use spoken language throughout the day.

Kristina Blaiser, PhD, CCC-SLP, will provide the keynote presentation, which will be followed by individual sessions about resources available through Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Corporation, and Med-El.  The course ill conclude with a panel of professionals who will discuss their roles in maximizing a child's auditory learning and respond to questions from the audience.

Contact Hours: This course is offered for  0.6 CEUs
This course was submitted for ASHA registration.  These hours can be submitted for MN licensure.

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Kristina M. Blaiser, PhD, CCC-SLP, 
is an assistant professor of speech-language pathology with the Listening and Spoken Language Emphasis at Utah State University in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education.  Kristina's research and teaching interests include graduate training and assessment and intervention practices with young children with hearing loss.  Kristina serves as Director of the Sound Beginnings program at Utah State University and is a consultant with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.

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 the Upper Midwest.  

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 teaching listening and spoken language skills and 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. 

Carly Alsbach, MSEd, LSLS Cert. AVEd, received her MS in Deaf Education from the University of Southern California/John Tracy Clinic.  She is 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 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.

Panel of speakers:  Kristina Blaiser, Kristin Musser, Kathy Anderson and Tanya Gahler
Kristin E. Musser, AuD,
completed her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa and her graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, including a doctoral externship at the Central Institute for the Deaf.  She is currently a pediatric audiologist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital/Fairview and specializes in cochlear implants.

Kathy Anderson has worked with young Minnesota children with hearing loss and their families through the public school system for over 30 years as a Teacher Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech Language Pathologist and Auditory Verbal Therapist. For the past 4 years, she has also served part-time as the Statewide EHDI Specialist for the MN Department of Education, MN Low Incidence Projects, in addition to providing early intervention services to children with hearing loss and families through Intermediate District 287. She has been a member/leader of Minnesota's Regional EHDI Team(s) since 1999. She assists with statewide interagency EHDI efforts and is a member of the Minnesota Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee. Kathy holds national professional certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist -Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist and has served as a mentor for the First Years distance professional education program (North Carolina). Kathy has frequently presented to professionals and parents on early auditory and communication development for young children with hearing loss.

Tanya Gahler is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Tanya began working at Northern Voices, a nonprofit school for children with hearing loss, in 2003.  She earned her B. A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of River Falls and completed her Master's Degree in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO in 2003.  Prior to serving at Northern Voices, Tanya worked at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) for four years.
Kristina Blaiser (Please see Bio above).

Course description:
Kristina Blaiser: "Advanced hearing technology and contributions to improved hearing loss in Children" 
Changes in age of identification and access to advanced hearing technology have contributed to improved outcomes of children with hearing loss. Professionals working with children with hearing loss are faced with a new population of children with hearing loss.  The presentation will highlight new research on listening and spoken language, outline how hearing loss impacts development across communication domains, and discuss assessments that can be used to measure progress over time.  The presentation will also discuss how results from assessments can be used as the basis for collaborative communication between families and professionals and as the foundation for intervention plans. 
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms Blaiser is a board member of Option Schools.
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 information will also be included for professionals or parents/recipients. 
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Kenney receives a salary from Cochlear Americas.
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.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Pett receives a salary from Med-El Corp.
Carly Alsbach: "Using the Listening Room to Create Listening and Language Opportunities for Children with Hearing Loss." Learning how to listen and develop language for a child with a hearing loss is critical component to transitioning a child with a hearing loss into a mainstream setting. We developed an online rehabilitation resource to help support professionals and parents of children with hearing loss.  The Listening Room is a web resource that provides free rehabilitation activities for the development of speech and language in children with hearing loss at any age. The Listening Room is designed to provide parents and professionals with effective activities and resources to stimulate listening and language development during a therapy session or in a child's home.  We will examine the stages of normal speech and language development and explore the activities and resources that are available within the Listening Room.   
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Alsbach receives a salary from Advanced Bionics.
Presenting on Panel:
Kristin E. Musser:  
 "Optimizing Auditory Input to Promote Auditory Learning: The Audiologist's Role" The audiology perspective will be presented as it relates to auditory learning through hearing aids, cochlear implants, and the combination of both (bimodal hearing).
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Musser receives honoraria for teaching and speaking on this topic.
Tanya Gahler: "Listening and Spoken Language Instruction for Children with Hearing Loss" A Teachers Outlook from within a Certified Moog Program.  Tanya will share her professional and personal experiences providing early intervention educational services to children with hearing loss, and stories of successful mainstreaming with hearing peers.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Gahler receives honoraria for teaching and speaking on this topic.
Kathy Anderson: "Optimizing Auditory Learning and Spoken Language Development in Young Children with Hearing Loss through Family-Focused Early Intervention Services" The role of the Auditory Verbal Therapist or Auditory-based Early Interventionist.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Anderson receives honoraria for teaching and speaking on this topic.

Objectives:Upon Completion of Kristina Blaiser's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Comprehend how changes in newborn hearing screening and hearing technology have contributed to improved outcomes of children with hearing loss.
  • Outline strategies and intervention activities used to facilitate development across communication domains.
  • Identify assessments (standardized and criterion referenced) that can be used to measure communication growth.
  • Explain how multidisciplinary collaboration is the key for maximizing outcomes.
Upon completion of Christie Kenney's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe what cochlear implants have to offer to professionals who work with individuals with hearing loss.
Upon completion of Christine Pett's presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Understand the different materials for pediatric, teens/adult habilitation and assessment.
Upon completion of Carly Alsbach's  presentation, the participant will  be able to:
  • List the stages of normal speech and language development and relate them to a child with a severe to profound hearing loss.
  • Describe the variables to consider in setting listening goals and creating effective listening and language activities for use throughout a child's day.
  • List the resources available within the Listening Room.
Upon completion of Kristin E. Musser's Panel discussion, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the goals of cochlear implant programming/mapping for promoting auditory learning.
Upon completion of Tanya Gahler's panel discussion, the participant will be able to:
  • Advance their understanding of auditory oral program models and develop a greater awareness of what children with hearing loss can achieve through listening and spoken language instruction.
Upon Completion of Kathy Anderson's Panel Discussion, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the 10 "Principles of Auditory Verbal Therapy" for young children with hearing loss and their families and how these principles may assist in planning Part C/Birth through two,  Infant and Toddler Intervention Services and Preschool Special Education Services.
8-8:30 a.m.                Check in/Registration
8:30-9:00 a.m.          Changes in Population
9:00-9:30 a.m.          How hearing loss impacts communication
9:30-10:00 a.m.        Assessing development/Collaboration as the Key
10:0010:30 a.m.       intervention approaches: The new "apps"    Kristina Blaiser
10:30-10:45 a.m.      Break
10:45-11:45 a.m.      Understanding the Resources and Technology to Support children
                                     with Hearing loss. 
                                     Navigating the Listening Room and applying the activities to children with Hearing loss
                                     Additional resources from AB and closing remarks.   Carly Alsbach
11:45-12:15 p.m.      Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m.        Cochlear implants and what they have to offer to professionals who work with 
                                     individuals with hearing loss.  Christina Kenney
1:15-2:15 p.m.           Useful Resources
                                     Med-El: An Introduction   
                                     Pediatric Habilitation and Assessment
                                     Teen/Adult Habilitation and Assessment.   Christine Pett
2:15-2:30 p.m.           BREAK
2:30-3:30 p.m.           Panel and Discussion: Kristina Blaiser, Kristin Musser, Kathy Anderson and Tanya Gahler

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