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Case-Based Workshop on Serving Children with Hearing Loss and Additional Disabilities

Reading 1 (Wiley) (394KB) [download]
Reading 2 (Tharpe and Gustafson) (1,222KB) [download]
Reading 3 (Roush and Wilson) [download]
Case Example (176KB) [download]
Resource Mapping Assignment (191KB) [download]
Readiness Assurance Test (RAT) (196KB) [download]
Case Discussion Prompts (347KB) [download]
Screening Tool 1 (MCHAT) (309KB) [download]
Screening Tool 2 (ELM) (543KB) [download]
Screening Tool 3 (LittlEARS) (205KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The purpose of this workshop was to introduce LEND audiology trainees to the various challenges associated with assessing, monitoring, and effectively serving children with hearing loss and additional disabilities in an interdisciplinary context.

Before the workshop, trainees were required to complete three readings that were selected by faculty for topical relevance.  They were also asked to review a brief case example ("Adam") and answer a set of questions about resources in their community that they could refer this hypothetical family to; this involved seeking guidance from an audiologist or other health professionals at their home programs.

At the beginning of the workshop, trainees were seated in randomly assigned teams of no more than seven people, each with at least one faculty facilitator.  Together, they completed a Readiness Assurance Test (RAT) based on the assigned readings and discussed answers.  Trainees then listened to a brief presentation from Djenne-amal Morris, parent of a 20-year-old with CHARGE Syndrome.  She shared her family's experiences, particularly as it related to accessing and navigating community resources.  Trainees had ample opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

The final hour of the workshop was dedicated to working through the case example, again in small teams.  Faculty guided their teams through the various prompts, including one that required trainees to draw upon the knowledge they gained as part of their pre-workshop efforts to learn about community resources.  Trainee representatives from each team reported to the larger group on the results of their discussions, and the workshop concluded with a faculty member addressing the broader clinical and policy implications associated with serving this population.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

  1. Trainees will be exposed to clinical concepts (interdisciplinary care coordination, family partnerships, prioritizing needs and interventions, monitoring progress, etc.) that can help them more effectively serve children with hearing loss and additional disabilities.
  2. By listening to and engaging in discussion with an established parent leader, trainees will develop a deeper understanding of the practical realities experienced by familes of children with hearing loss and additional disabiltiies.
  3. Trainees will gain and have an opportunity to apply new knowledge about how children with hearing loss and additional disabilities (and their families) access university, community, and state services.

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

More than 93% of trainees who attended and completed an evaluation (n=45) reported that they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the overall workshop.  At the same rate, participants either "strongly agreed" or "agreed" that the workshop increased their knowledge of how to assess, monitor, and serve children with hearing loss and additional disabilities.  Nearly 98% of participants "strongly agreed" or "agreed" that as a result of the workshop, they could more capably serve future patients and families.  Every participant believed that the workshop was a good opportunity to connect with faculty and trainees from other LEND programs, including more than 78% who "strongly agreed."  A large number of trainees commented that the parent perspective was incredibly valuable.

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