12th Annual Coalition for Global Hearing Health
January 20-22, 2022 • Fully Virtual
Coalition for Global Hearing Health 2022. Virtual Global Conference. 20 - 22 January 2022. 14h00 - 17h30 (CET)

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10/27/2019  |   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   |  Ventana Ballroom C

Planning a Parent-Centered Path

A parent centered approach to early childhood hearing loss was developed through a carefully designed sequence of support to address family concerns. This philosophy is a new concept for families who initially search for programs to help their children, and do not seek services for parents. When the intent of a parent-centered approach is understood by families and providers, they can improve their interactions and increase collaboration. The experiences specifically designed for an early childhood program’s parent-centered approach are described. Implementing the aspects of an “ENUF” philosophy of support are outlined. Examples of types of early intervention services where coaching can be embedded are identified. Considerations for including family encouragement and adult education in a framework of services are explained. The flexibility of an individualized path is illustrated. After receiving acceptance of their emotions, respect for their learning and recognition of their abilities the parents’ levels of confidence may change. They start to recognize their significant role in their children’s communication now and in the future. As parents feel stronger and knowledgeable their relationship with providers is enhanced. The process of empowering families in a parent centered approach facilitates community collaboration. Results are summarized from five years of evaluations by parents participating in international sessions at John Tracy Clinic. Quotes from families reflect how their individual growth was enhanced by a parent-centered approach. When families feel empowered they emerge as ambassadors and advocates who create connections and change. Access to hearing health becomes a community goal shared by empowered families and engaged providers.

  • Identify steps for developing a parent-centered approach to childhood hearing loss
  • Recognize how family empowerment is built through education and encouragement

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Anne McNally (POC,Co-Presenter,Author), John Tracy Clinic,;
Anne McNally, M.S. manages the development of multi-media materials for families, coordinates international (summer) sessions and directs distance education services for parents at John Tracy Center. She has experience in spoken, signed and total communication approaches in city, state, national and worldwide programs.

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