2022 Post-EHDI LEND Workshop: Adaptability in an Ever-Changing EHDI Environment 

Monday, April 4, 2022
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce LEND pediatric audiology trainees to the various challenges of effectively serving children with hearing loss (including those with additional disabilities) and their families. It is a unique, interactive learning opportunity that brings together trainees and faculty from across the country. This year's focus is on adaptability in an ever-changing EHDI environment. Trainees will learn and discuss strategies from multiple perspectives on improving family-centered care.   

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will: 
  1. Identify factors that influence families’ ability to engage with their EHDI programs 
  2. Describe how equity, access to care, and resources play a role in understanding and addressing family priorities.  
  3. Discuss strategies to individualize support of families in navigating new diagnoses in virtual, hybrid, and in-person interventions.  
  4. Propose solutions to emerging challenges and opportunities in EHDI environments.  

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for LEND pediatric audiology trainees who are planning to attend the 2022 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Virtual Conference. LEND faculty are encouraged to register.


The workshop will take place from 7:30-9:30 pm ET on Monday, April 4, 2022, virtually on the Zoom platform.

Panel Moderator 

Patricia Roush, AuD

Dr. Patricia Roush is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and former director of the pediatric audiology program at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital where she specialized in infant hearing assessment, amplification for children, and clinical management of auditory neuropathy. She has published extensively and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to hearing in children and has been an investigator on several federally funded research projects. Dr. Roush currently serves as a member of the Phonak Pediatric Research Advisory Board and as a member of the Advisory Board of Hear the World, a non-profit foundation that provides support for the development of pediatric audiology services around the world. She is also a member of the North Carolina CMV Workgroup whose goal is to support the prevention and reduction of CMV infections in women, infants, and children.



Samuel R. Atcherson, PhD, FNAP

Samuel R. Atcherson, PhD, FNAP is a Professor of Audiology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia and his doctorate from the University of Memphis. His clinical and research efforts focus on auditory and vestibular electrophysiology, audiologic rehabilitation needs, and health literacy, and he is Director of the Auditory Electrophysiology and (Re)habilitation Laboratory. Dr. Atcherson is the author of over 130 publications, including three books, 12 book chapters, and 58 peer-reviewed articles. He has presented or served on panels nationally and internationally over 230 times.  Dr. Atcherson currently serves on the board of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Arkansas School for the Deaf and Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually-Impaired. He is a former LEND trainee and currently participates as an Arkansas LEND faculty member. Dr. Atcherson is a bilateral cochlear implant user, and he enjoys spending time with his family and dog, relentlessly pursues outdoor activities, and volunteers his time as an Arkansas Master Naturalist.

Katie Buck  

Katie Buck combines her two roles of parent and professional to advocate and directly support children with disabilities. Growing up in rural Yakima, Washington, she returned to her hometown with her husband after completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of North Dakota. She has worked at a neurodevelopmental center as a pediatric PT since 2009 focusing on ages 0-12, with special expertise in orthotics and adaptive equipment. When her second child was a young toddler, he was diagnosed as deaf and found to have had congenital CMV. Thus started her role as a parent advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. She also works as a rural satellite site faculty mentor for the University of Washington LEND Program. 



Karen Muñoz, EdD, CCC-A 

Karen Muñoz, EdD, CCC-A is a professor at Utah State University and the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education department head. She has worked extensively in the area of pediatric audiology. She is particularly interested in parent and professional factors that influence the management of pediatric hearing loss. She has published in the areas of pediatric amplification, and factors that influence parent-professional partnerships.





Sarah Sparks, AuD., CCC-A, CH-TM

Dr. Sparks is a clinical audiologist licensed in Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Her clinical interests include pediatric audiology, balance problems in deaf and hard of hearing populations, cochlear implants, aural (re)habilitation, tinnitus, counseling in audiology, and audiology services provided in American Sign Language (ASL). Dr. Sparks is a graduate of Gallaudet University’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program. She has earned four master’s degrees, including a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education (Arcadia University). She also has multiple graduate certificates, including Infant-Toddler Mental Health (Arcadia University) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership (Gallaudet University). Dr. Sparks trained at Boston Children’s Hospital for her clinical externship year, completing a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship. She also completed clinical internships at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD), Maryland School for the Deaf (Frederick, MD), and Potomac Audiology (Rockville, MD). Dr. Sparks identifies as deaf, having lost her hearing progressively. She uses cochlear implants for both ears, and her daily communication includes ASL, spoken English, and written English. She has a beginner's knowledge of Cued Speech (American English). These aspects of her life experience have shaped her “outside the box” perspective on audiology services. She understands that every deaf or hard-of-hearing person has an individual story that shapes their own perspectives on communication, hearing, and technology use. She believes that listening to her clients with empathy and kindness is essential for providing excellent clinical services.



This workshop will have CART captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation available. Please note accommodation requests in your registration.

EHDI Conference Registration

Individuals planning to attend any portion of the EHDI Meeting must register separately for that event at their own expense. Visit the EHDI Conference website for more information.   

For more information, please contact Program Specialist, Maureen Johnson at [email protected].



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