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10/13/2017  |   12:45 PM - 1:45 PM   |  West Ballroom at Shalala Student Services Building

Reaching Beyond the Clinic: Supporting Children with Hearing loss in the Academic Setting

The importance of early identification of hearing loss has been well-established, and there are increasing global efforts towards ensuring children with hearing loss receive appropriate and timely intervention. However, early intervention alone does not ensure that a child with hearing loss will meet developmental and academic milestones. Proper school placement and appropriate accommodations is an essential component to ensuring optimal outcomes for a child with hearing loss. In the United States, on average, children spend 1,000 hours per year at school (Education Commission of the States, 2003). Accommodations and support in the academic setting are dependent on a number of variables. After diagnosis, it often becomes the parents and caregivers role to become the educational advocate for their child. This can be a very daunting task and there are limited resources in place to support parents in this endeavor. Due to this, the family rather than the clinician often incurs the burden of navigating the school system and advocating for appropriate resources. This presentation will review the challenges faced by families of children with hearing loss in ensuring appropriate management of the hearing loss in the academic setting as well as provide novel concepts in bridging the gap between the clinical and educational management of hearing loss. We will provide easy to use, low-cost solutions for parents and families that can be implemented across multiple environments and economies.

  • Describe simple tools to empower families to advocate for children with hearing loss in the academic setting.
  • Discuss the role of a Deaf Educator in the medical setting.
  • Identify novel ways to provide family-centered care in the clinic setting and the community.

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Kari Morgenstein (POC,Primary Presenter), University of Miami Medical Center, k.morgenstein11@med.miami.edu;
Kari Morgenstein, Au.D, F-AAA, PASC is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Medical Center. She is the Director of the University of Miami Children’s Hearing Program, a unique, interdisciplinary program that focuses on providing early intervention and management for children with hearing loss. Dr. Morgenstein received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. She specializes in pediatric diagnostic, hearing aids, unilateral hearing loss, and bone anchored devices. She also performs vestibular assessments in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Morgenstein has been published in various national and international journals, is on the Florida Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, and sits on several committees within the American Academy of Audiology.

      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (Board Member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (Consultant ) relationship for Volunteer consulting.  


      AAA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives support from Oticon Medical, Florida Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, University of Miami, sit on various AAA committees as a volunteer. .  

Ivette Cejas (Author,Co-Author), University of Miami, icejas@med.miami.edu;
Dr. Ivette Cejas is the Director of the Barton G Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center and Associate Professor at the UHealth Ear Institute. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. Dr. Cejas is a well-known researcher in the area of pediatric cochlear implantation, publishing over 20 articles/chapters and presenting at numerous conferences. Since 2004 she has been providing therapeutic services to children and families coping with a hearing loss diagnosis or comorbid disorders. She is an advocate for all children with hearing loss and organizes a mentoring program at UHealth to help prepare children and families for the journey of listening through cochlear implantation. She is on the Board of Directors at AG Bell and is a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Dr. Ivette Cejas is the Director of the Barton G Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center and Assistant Professor at the UHealth Ear Institute. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida. Dr. Cejas is a well-known researcher in the area of pediatric cochlear implantation, publishing over 20 articles/chapters and presenting at numerous conferences. Since 2004 she has been providing therapeutic services to children and families coping with a hearing loss diagnosis or comorbid disorders. She is an advocate for all children with hearing loss and organizes a mentoring program at UHealth to help prepare children and families for the journey of listening through cochlear implantation. She is on the Board of Directors at AG Bell and is a member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from University of Miami.   Receives Other financial benefit for Board membership from AG Bell .   Receives Grants for Other activities from NIDCD.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Advanced Bionics.   Receives Honoraria for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from MED-EL.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Miami.   Receives Grants for Other activities from NIH.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Advanced Bionics.   Receives Consulting fee for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from MED-EL.   Receives Other financial benefit for Board membership from AG Bell .   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Miami.   Receives Grants for Other activities from NIH.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Advanced Bionics.   Receives Consulting fee for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from MED-EL.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (Board membership) relationship for Board membership.  


      AAA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives support from University of Miami, AG Bell, MED-EL, Advanced bionics, NIDCD.  

Alex Mestres (Co-Author), University of Miami Medical Center , asm120@med.miami.edu;
Alex Mestres, a Miami native, attended Flagler College where she received a degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired and Elementary Education. Alex also has a wide variety of experience and credentialing in early childhood. She has worked in the private sector as an administrator, professional development trainer, and consultant. More recently she served as the department chairperson for Deaf and Hard of Hearing services with Miami Dade County Public School. While with the county she oversaw the itinerant teacher program and provided technical assistance to a wide variety of schools. Alex currently serves as a consultant and provides all deaf and hard of hearing services for Academica Charter Schools as well as Charter Schools USA. Along with those responsibilities, she is the Educational Specialist at the University of Miami Children's Hearing Program where she provides educational support for families of children with hearing loss.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -


      AAA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exists.