Practical Strategies for Working with Children with Hearing Impairment

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Presenter: Judith Belk, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Aud. and Leigh Leslie, MA
School-based speech-language pathologists and their assistants are prime players in managing therapeutic approaches for students diagnosed with unilateral or bilateral hearing loss and/or with auditory processing disorders (APD). While hearing impairment is a long recognized disability area recognized by special education law, auditory processing is not (yet) one of those areas. Technology has provided a changing landscape of possibilities for providing children with hearing loss with opportunities to function much more successfully in regular classrooms with support from each schools special education team. Todays itinerant teacher of the deaf and hearing impaired can partner with speech-language pathologists to provide outstanding therapeutic approaches unavailable years ago. A challenge remains to assure that with greater reliance on technology SLPs and all other staff understand how the technology works and how to check for optimal functioning, while also teaching students to manage their own technology. This presentation will help to demystify use and limitations of hearing aids and cochlear implants. This presentation will also provide practical approaches within the scope of practice of school speech-language pathologists and their assistants to support students diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. We will discuss how APD is currently viewed and how difficulties in this area impact students within their school day. Might a student be diagnosed in school with a listening comprehension learning disability and then supported with treatment from both the speech-language pathologist and learning specialist? What are some other options the SLP may tap into already within scope of practice?

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Determine the referral process when hearing loss is suspected by school support team
  • Describe audiology reports and translating into practical classroom and special education strategies
  • Evaluate how changes in technology have impacted educational and therapeutic strategies for children with hearing impairment and/or with auditory processing disorders
  • Explain the roles of family and school support team members
  • Explain the priorities and challenges in students’ use of amplification
About Judith: Judith Belk, PhD, CCC-SLP, CCC-A, has credentials in Speech- Language Pathology, Audiology, Developmental Psychology, Special Education, Counseling and EEG (Neurofeedback) and Biofeedback. Her work settings have included universities, hospitals, clinics, private practice and schools. She works with individuals, families, parent groups, school districts and community agencies.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

30 minutes: Early Identification, Technology and Early Intervention
30 minutes: Technology the game changer with hearing impairment
45 minutes: Auditory Processing vs Hearing Impairment
15 minutes: Assessments
45 minutes: Programs for Treatment
15 minutes: Summary with Suggestions and Q&A

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Judith Belk is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Financial: Leigh Leslie is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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