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AudiologyNOW! 2015: A Clinic-Based Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Children Newly Identified with Hearing Loss (.1 CEUs)

Recorded On: 05/07/2015

A Clinic-Based Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Children Newly Identified with Hearing Loss

Recorded March 27, 2015 at AudiologyNOW! 2015

Duration: 1 hour

Presenters: Donna Smiley, PhD and Patti Freemyer Martin, PhD

CEUs: .1

Who Should Attend: Audiologists and AuD students

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus:
Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Identify steps involved in development and implementation of an interdisciplinary clinic
  2. Define the roles and responsibilities of the individual disciplines
  3. Explain the desired outcomes from the perspective of both the clinical staff and families

Description: Families report that the definitive diagnosis of a hearing loss in an infant or young child often generates more questions than answers. Smooth transition from diagnosis into appropriate services and acquisition of resources requires coordination and collaboration. This session describes the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary clinic model at Arkansas Children's Hospital for children who are newly identified as deaf/hard of hearing and their families. Families rotate through Genetics, Otology, Audiology, Speech Pathology, Psychology, Family Support and Early Intervention in order to acquire additional information to inform decision making, promote acceptance and motivate action.

Donna Fisher Smiley, PhD is an educational audiologist and the coordinator for the Educational Audiology/Speech Pathology Resources for Schools (EARS) Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Dr. Smiley has practiced audiology in the areas of pediatrics and school based audiology for over 20 years. She has provided professional development related to school based audiology services as well as conducted research in the area. Additionally, Dr. Smiley co-authored a textbook (Title: School-Based Audiology) that is available from Plural Publishing. Currently, she is serving as the Vice-President for Audiology Practice on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2013-2015). Dr. Smiley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Henderson State University, a Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Patti Freemyer Martin, PhD, is the Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Audiology in the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her areas of expertise include newborn screening, pediatric assessment and family support. She is currently the ASHA representative to the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. In addition, she is a consultant for the Technical Assistance Network through the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management. Dr. Martin provides oversight and direction to a staff of 50 and is involved in AuD/ENT resident physician training and education through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Furthermore, she is involved in multiple grant-funded projects and research centering on improving access and outcomes for children with hearing loss and their families.

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